Soccer fans rejoice: Apple's MLS Season Pass launches February 1
Apple has shared pricing details for its Major League Soccer season pass, which arrives next year
➡️ The Shortcut Skinny: MLS Season Pass
⚽️ Apple’s MLS Season Pass launches on February 1, 2023
👀 You can watch every live Major League Soccer regular-season match, every playoff game, and cup competitions
💰 It costs $14.99 per month or $99 for the whole season
🙏 Apple TV+ subscribers can enjoy a special sign-up price of $12.99 per month or $79 for the season
Apple’s MLS Season Pass launches on February 1, 2023, and gives subscribers access to every live Major League Soccer regular-season match. You’ll also get to watch every game in the playoffs and cup competitions with no adverts getting in the way.
What’s more, the MLS Season Pass will feature an exclusive whip-around show so you never miss a 40-yard wonder goal or a finger-tip save. You’ll also get game replays, highlights and analysis.
The MLS Season Pass costs $14.99 per month during the MLS season or you can pay $99 upfront to watch every game. Additionally, Apple TV+ subscribers can enjoy a small discount on the MLS Season Pass – it’ll cost you $12.99 per month or $79 for the season.
That discount will come in handy as Apple recently announced the price of Apple TV+ and Apple Music is increasing by $1 to $2 a month. Don’t forget Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can get three months of Apple TV+ free right now. If you’re a member of Microsoft’s gaming subscription platform, be sure to nab the freebie and then bag the MLS Season Pass for the maximum discount.
Depending on how much of a soccer fan you are, it’s worth paying for the whole season upfront. The MLS season is typically nine months long, so you’ll pay $134 if you go for a rolling monthly subscription. By stumping up $99 for the entire season plus playoff games and cup competitions, you’ll save around $35.
All 29 MLS club shirts will feature a small Apple TV+ patch on the sleeves to mark the licensing deal. The games will be available to watch in 100 countries and regions, but it’s unclear whether the MLS Season Pass will come to the UK, for example.
“There isn’t a more perfect time to introduce MLS Season Pass, coming off the heels of the most dramatic MLS Cup in history and with MLS as the fastest-growing soccer league in the world,” said Apple’s senior vice president of services, Eddy Cue, in a press release. “We’re counting down the days to February 2023 when fans everywhere can enjoy MLS Season Pass on billions of devices – all with no blackouts.”
“We could not be more excited to bring our fans MLS Season Pass, a new home for all MLS matches and a wide variety of league and club content they can’t get anywhere else,” added MLS commissioner Don Garber. “We have the most engaged and passionate fans in sports, and now they’ll have every match everywhere with MLS Season Pass.”
While I’d strongly argue that the most passionate football, sorry, soccer fans reside in the UK or Latin American countries, it’s great to see that more people in the US will be able to enjoy the beautiful game for themselves.
With the USA soccer team in England’s World Cup group, the timing of Apple’s deal couldn’t be better. Like any major sporting event – be it the Olympics or Wrestlemania – it’ll see a big surge in interest from new and old fans alike.
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