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The USL Jägermeister Cup is an in-season, World Cup-style tournament that creates additional matches of consequences in the annual calendar. The tournament also includes non-traditional modifications to encourage attacking soccer, such as penalty shootouts to determine match winners during the group stage and goals scored as the first tie-breaker in the group standings. The USL Jägermeister Cup has dedicated matchdays integrated throughout the USL League One season. The group stage schedule is set and can be found below. The USL Jägermeister Cup will be streamed exclusively on ESPN+.

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Competition Structure 

Similar to a traditional World Cup-style format, the  USL Jägermeister Cup competition includes a group stage and a knockout round that creates additional matches of consequence in the annual calendar.

The USL Jägermeister Cup also includes non-traditional modifications that encourage attacking soccer and provide entertaining moments for fans. These include:

  • An emphasis on goals: Goals scored will be the first tiebreaker in group standings and will determine one of the four spots in the knockout round. The three group winners will advance to the knockout rounds, and the fourth playoff spot will be awarded to the non-group winners with the most goals scored in group play.
  • Shootout drama: Matches that finish tied at the end of regulation time will go directly to a penalty-kick shootout, with the shootout winners earning an extra point. Shootout losers will still earn one point for the draw in regulation time.

The three groups consist of four clubs each and are built to emphasize regional rivalries. The schedule includes:

  • In group play, each club will play eight matches – four home and four away.
  • Each club will play twice against every other club in the group plus two matches against clubs from another group, based on geographic proximity, to complete the eight-game group play.
West Group Central Group East Group

Central Valley Fuego FC

Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC

Union Omaha

Spokane Velocity FC

Chattanooga Red Wolves SC

One Knoxville SC

Lexington SC

Forward Madison FC

Charlotte Independence

Greenville Triumph SC

Richmond Kickers

South Georgia Tormenta FC