How Many Men’s Professional Soccer Leagues Are There?

There are 21 men’s soccer leagues that play at a high level around the world. The biggest of these is the International Football League, whose teams are made up of players from different countries.

List of Men’s Soccer Leagues

Have you ever wondered if there were different ways to rank soccer leagues? Well, the “Football League Rankings” is just a list of all the professional football (or soccer) leagues in the world and how strong they are.

So, how do you decide which leagues are the best in the world? According to Football League Rankings, the site takes the rankings of all clubs from FiveThirtyEight, groups them into their leagues, and figures out what it calls “the average SPI (Soccer Power Index) and the standard deviation of the values.” How did it turn out? You can see which teams are at the bottom of their leagues and how the leagues stack up against each other.

Teams for men in the Major League Soccer

Since soccer is popular all over the world, there are a lot of men’s professional soccer teams in the top leagues. Here is a list of all the professional soccer leagues:

Australian football in the A-League


Championship of the Football League


Indian League

Football around the world

La Liga

League One

Group Two

Ligue 1

The major soccer league

League of North American Soccer

Portuguese Liga

Premier League

Primera Division Argentina

The top league in Russia

Premiership of Scotland

Segunda Division

Serie A

The Greek Superleague

Champions League of UEFA

FIFA and its confederations are the international soccer leagues for men.

In the world of men’s professional soccer, there are a few associations that you should know about, such as the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).

If you have ever seen the World Cup, you have probably heard of FIFA. The federation was started in 1904 to bring together the national soccer associations. It has 209 members, which is more than the United Nations (UN). Every four years, the qualifying national teams of countries compete in the FIFA World Cup, which is similar to the Olympics.

Also, FIFA is made up of six confederations: the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL), the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), and the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) (OFC). All of these confederations support FIFA as a whole “without infringing on the rights of the national associations.”

The best soccer leagues for men

Even though rankings for men’s major league teams change often, there are some clubs that always come out on top. Here are some of these big names:

FC Manchester City (England, Premier League)

FC Barcelona (Spain, La Liga) (Spain, La Liga)

FC Bayern Munich (Germany, Bundesliga)

FC Manchester United (England, Premier League)

Real Madrid CF (Spain, La Liga)

Brazil’s national team has won the FIFA World Cup an impressive five times. Both Germany and Italy have won four FIFA World Cups.

Men’s Major League Soccer is a part of the United States Soccer League System (MLS)

Major League Soccer (MLS) is a professional soccer league for men in the United States and Canada. It is the top level of soccer in those two countries. Even though the league wants to grow to 30 teams by 2023, there are only 27 teams in the MLS right now.

Conference of the East

Atlanta United Football Club

Chicago Fire Football Club

FC Cincinnati

SC Columbus Crew

United D.C.

Inter Miami CF

CF Montréal

Nashville SC

Revolution in New England

New York City Football Club

Red Bulls of New York

SC Orlando City

Union of Philadelphia

Toronto FC

Meetings in the West

Austin FC

Colorado Rapids

FC Dallas

FC Houston Dynamo

Sporting Kansas City

LA Galaxy

Los Angeles FC

Minnesota United Football Club

The Portland Timbers

Real Salt Lake

Quakes in San Jose

Seattle Sounders Football Club

The Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Even though professional soccer in the U.S. may not be as popular as other sports leagues, Nielsen Sports found that its popularity grew by 27% between 2012 and 2018. (via Total Football Analysis). As of 2021, MLS is 20th on the list of the best football leagues.


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