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Apple in February 2023 launched its very first MLS Season Pass. Keep reading to learn what's included in the pass, how much it costs, and how to sign up.

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What is Apple's MLS Season Pass?

Apple's MLS Season Pass is a new subscription service available to Major League Soccer fans in more than 100 countries and regions.

How Much Does the MLS Season Pass Cost?

You don't need an Apple TV+ subscription to purchase the MLS Season Pass, but it's cheaper if you have one. Non-TV+ subscribers can pay $14.99 per month or $99 per season, whereas TV+ subscribers pay $12.99 per month or $79 per season.

Through Family Sharing, up to six family members can share the subscription using their own Apple ID and password, and fans can ask Siri a wide variety of questions related to MLS, including schedules, scores, standings, club rosters, and player stats.

Note that MLS season ticket holders automatically get access to the MLS Season Pass on ‌Apple TV‌.

What's Included in the MLS Pass?

The Season Pass includes every live MLS regular-season match, the playoffs, and the Leagues Cup, with no blackouts. There is also a free selection of pre-season on-demand content to get fans hyped up for the new season, which begins on February 25.

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In total, you get:
  • Every live MLS regular-season match
  • MLS Cup Playoffs
  • MLS All-Star Game
  • Leagues Cup
  • Campeones Cup
  • Hundreds of MLS NEXT Pro and MLS NEXT matches
Note that the Leagues Cup and Campeones Cup are not available in Mexico.

How Do I Subscribe?

  1. Open the Apple TV app.
  2. Go to Watch Now.
  3. Scroll down to Channels.
  4. Find MLS Season Pass, then open it.
  5. Choose the Subscribe button.
  6. Sign in with the Apple ID and password that you use to make purchases.

How Do I Access MLS Pass Content?

MLS Season Pass content can be accessed via the Apple TV app, which is on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, as well as Smart TVs, game consoles, and set-top boxes. You can also watch MLS Season Pass on the web at tv.apple.com on Android, Windows PC, and Chrome OS devices.

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To watch a match, follow these steps:
  1. Open the Apple TV app or go to tv.apple.com.
  2. If prompted, sign in with your Apple ID and password.
  3. Go to Watch Now and scroll down to Channels, or go to Search.
  4. Choose MLS Season Pass.
  5. Choose a game, then choose Watch.

What Else Should I Know?

A selection of MLS and Leagues Cup matches, including some of the biggest playoff matchups, will also be available at no additional cost to Apple TV+ subscribers. A limited number of games will be available for free in the Apple TV app when you sign in with your Apple ID. If you miss a game, you can watch a replay or download the game to watch offline.

When the season kicks off, fans can also visit Apple Maps to explore dedicated Match Day Guides created by MLS clubs, including Atlanta United, Nashville SC, and Toronto FC, and find recommendations for local bars and restaurants to catch a game, detailed information about their stadiums, and more.

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‌Apple Maps‌ is also launching several new custom-designed three-dimensional landmarks of MLS Stadiums in time for the season openers, including Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey; Lumen Field in Seattle; and Audi Field in Washington, D.C.

Why Can't I Find MLS Season Pass?

If you can't find MLS Season Pass in the Apple TV app, it may not be available in your country or region. You can find out what's available in your country or region on Apple's website. Also, make sure that your Apple devices are up-to-date with the latest software.

Article Link: Apple's MLS Season Pass: Everything You Need to Know
 

MBAir2010

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15 bucks/month for 3rd rated football?
ouch!
In 2011, I saw one USSLFU game in Harrison, NJ (another ouch) and the fans were very obnoxious,
they swear at the keeper when he kicks the ball up the pitch,
"bad swear words!"
 

everybodylovesramen

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this is great that’s it’ll be free via t-mobile but i’m hoping it’ll be in addition to the MLB subscription

but i guess that’s not a loss if it’s not since blackout restrictions make that deal almost worthless to most fans

MLB & NFL need to get their **** together
 

DEMinSoCAL

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this is great that’s it’ll be free via t-mobile but i’m hoping it’ll be in addition to the MLB subscription

but i guess that’s not a loss if it’s not since blackout restrictions make that deal almost worthless to most fans

MLB & NFL need to get their **** together
"most fans"? Just to those that don't have cable, satellite TV, or streaming TV to watch local games via their regional sports channel. I think most "fans" have one of those.
 
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nt5672

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15 bucks/month for 3rd rated football?
ouch!
In 2011, I saw one USSLFU game in Harrison, NJ (another ouch) and the fans were very obnoxious,
they swear at the keeper when he kicks the ball up the pitch,
"bad swear words!"
When I was working in England they had a saying, "In football (soccer) the troublemakers are in the stands and the gentleman were on the field and in Rugby the troublemakers are on the field and the gentleman are in the stands."

This seems so at the time because the Rugby games I went to fans were dressed in suits and dresses and the at the football games the fans were dressed as hoodlums (and acted as such).

The point being with the current societal decay and the historical soccer/football behavior patters, I don't think the behavior of the fans has anything to do with the USSFL.
 
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The point being with the current societal decay and the historical soccer/football behavior patters, I don't think the behavior of the fans has anything to do with the USSFL.
the entire fan club behind the goal chanted those swear words in unison.
then more than half in the stadium were chanting what an ^&%$# the opposing goal keeper is,
then they chanted bout his mum......
 

nt5672

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the entire fan club behind the goal chanted those swear words in unison.
then more than half in the stadium were chanting what an ^&%$# the opposing goal keeper is,
then they chanted bout his mum......
That's normal football in the rest of the world. And I guarantee it is going to get worse based on our current course in the US.
 

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That's normal football in the rest of the world. And I guarantee it is going to get worse based on our current course in the US.

This is correct, I’ve been to stadiums the world over and football fans are different but they share some things in common, they shout and sing not so nice things and it’s acceptable and part of the experience, though sexist, racist and homophobic chants are now usually sanctioned.

I grew up in the eighties and it was quite worst lol.
 
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I think Apple’s approach is not bad in itself, it’s just that, out of all possible football leagues and championships, the MLS might be the one that sells the least, in the East coast football loving Americans watch the EPL, in the West, say LA, they watch the Liga MX. They might also watch some MLS but that’s basically it. Maybe in Central America, because of some players, they might pay, though not $10 a month.

The rest of football heavy Latin America few will pay, and I see no one in Europe, Africa or Asia paying for this.
 

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the entire fan club behind the goal chanted those swear words in unison.
then more than half in the stadium were chanting what an ^&%$# the opposing goal keeper is,
then they chanted bout his mum......
I went to Serie A games virtually every week from when I was 8 to when I was 23, before I moved to the US. That has been normal since I can remember, I learned a whole new vocabulary by going at the stadium as a kid.
 

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I think Apple’s approach is not bad in itself, it’s just that, out of all possible football leagues and championships, the MLS might be the one that sells the least, in the East coast football loving Americans watch the EPL, in the West, say LA, they watch the Liga MX. They might also watch some MLS but that’s basically it. Maybe in Central America, because of some players, they might pay, though not $10 a month.

The rest of football heavy Latin America few will pay, and I see no one in Europe, Africa or Asia paying for this.
It’s clearly a testing ground for apple. League is big enough but not too big.
 
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This article was posted too early for the US and all the Europeans got to come in and talk bad about US soccer.

US will be waking up soon though.

I for one am excited that this is just the start of sports becoming more available.
 
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yaxomoxay

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This article was posted too early for the US and all the Europeans got to come in and talk bad about US soccer.

And yet they never watched it because otherwise they’d see how much it has grown in the last ten years. I find it qualitatively good. It’s not Premier League level, but the quality is not that bad. It’s more fun than Serie A in my opinion.
US will be waking up soon though.
Agreed.
I for one am excited that this is just the start of sports becoming more available.
Yep!!
 

apparatchik

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This article was posted too early for the US and all the Europeans got to come in and talk bad about US soccer.

US will be waking up soon though.

I for one am excited that this is just the start of sports becoming more available.

This is bigger for the MLS than it is for Apple, I wish Liga MX would have done it first, and people are right, I for one haven’t watched an MLS team play in ages unless it’s against a Mexican team in the Concacaf Champions Semifinal or Final.

Maybe the league has gotten better and we just don’t watch it out of tradition. As a football fan first I wish it keeps improving. This is the chart of the regional championship:

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Last year for the first time a US team won, maybe the MLS will actually get better.

 
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T-Mobile is offering customers FREE one year MLS Season Pass on Tuesday in their T-Mobile Tuesday App!
 

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James Bondo

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Big missing piece in this article: no blackouts.
Game also on national TV(Fox, Fox Sports, ESPN)? Still watchable on Apple.
Local games? Still watchable.

DirectTV business is carrying at least some portion of the season to show in bars.

There are several well produced preseason/history segments for each of the teams available now, season starts in about 2 weeks.
 

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I think Apple’s approach is not bad in itself, it’s just that, out of all possible football leagues and championships, the MLS might be the one that sells the least, in the East coast football loving Americans watch the EPL, in the West, say LA, they watch the Liga MX. They might also watch some MLS but that’s basically it. Maybe in Central America, because of some players, they might pay, though not $10 a month.

The rest of football heavy Latin America few will pay, and I see no one in Europe, Africa or Asia paying for this.

MLS was the only league that had TV rights available to bid on.

NBC owns the US EPL rights through 2028 (though Apple is reported to be interested in bidding on the UK broadcast rights in 2025). And Liga MX has the terrible model of letting each team work out its own TV deal (though 13 of the leaguers 18 teams currently have a deal with Univision). That is the model MLS had until all clubs were instructed to not extend TV deals past 2022 so the league could sell itself as a whole starting this year.

Now, the Eredivise broadcast rights will be up at the end of 2024 and Apple is reported to be interested in pursuing those, and the Bundesliga rights are up in 2025 (at least in the US, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Lichtenstein, I'm not sure about the rest of the world), and I'd have to imagine Apple is very interested in them.
 

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This caught my eye. I've been watching some of the free content on Apple TV, and it is well done and actually quite good. I could see this really catching on, and the price is reasonable for live sports. Apple is on to something here - that competition might push other leagues to adjust depending on the success of this.

I don't see anything but positives here.
 
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This is bigger for the MLS than it is for Apple, I wish Liga MX would have done it first, and people are right, I for one haven’t watched an MLS team play in ages unless it’s against a Mexican team in the Concacaf Champions Semifinal or Final.

Maybe the league has gotten better and we just don’t watch it out of tradition. As a football fan first I wish it keeps improving. This is the chart of the regional championship:

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Last year for the first time a US team won, maybe the MLS will actually get better.

To be fair, the schedule for the CONCACAF champion's league lines up poorly with the MLS schedule, which runs spring to fall instead of fall to spring. Knockout stages of CCL are played during MLS preseason and early season, which makes it harder for MLS teams to compete with mid-season to late-season form Mexican clubs.
 
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