Everything you need to know about the 2024 Generation adidas Cup


The Rapids Academy’s U-17 and U-15 teams will compete in the 2024 Generation adidas Cup from March 30-April 7 in Bradenton, Florida, at IMG Academy. Featuring 49 different clubs from 15 countries and four continents, the premier international youth tournament features the most global field in the 15-year history of the competition as well representation from all 29 current MLS clubs. 

In the 15th edition of the tournament, the 2024 Generation adidas Cup will see a record 19 different international clubs competing in the U-17 and U-15 age groups. Among the prestigious clubs participating, 2023 UEFA Youth League champions AZ Alkmaar and 24-time Eredivisie winners PSV will be the first teams from the Netherlands to compete in the tournament

The Rapids Academy will send both a U-15 and U-17 team to the tournament and will face clubs Asutin FC, CF Montréal, Valencia CF, Houston Dynamo FC, New England Revolution and Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors during the group stage of the tournament. 

Both teams' schedules are as follows:

U-15 Schedule

Saturday, March 30 at 9:30 a.m. MT - Austin FC vs. Colorado Rapids

Sunday, March 31 at 9:30 a.m. MT - Colorado Rapids vs. Valencia CF 

Monday, April 1 at 10:00 a.m. MT - CF Montréal vs. Colorado Rapids 

U-17 Schedule

Saturday, March 30 at 2:30 p.m. MT - Houston Dynamo FC vs. Colorado Rapids

Sunday, March 31 at 2:30 p.m MT - Colorado Rapids vs. Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors

Monday, April 1 at 2:30 p.m. MT - New England Revolution vs Colorado Rapids

Find the entire tournament's schedule here.

Competition Format

  • 40 teams, divided into 10 groups of four, will compete in each of the two age divisions.
  • Group draws will be random, utilizing buckets categorized by division for MLS academies, while international clubs will be drawn randomly.
  • Sixteen teams will advance to the single-elimination championship bracket—comprising the 10 group winners and the top-six second-place finishers.
  • The next-best 16 teams will enter a consolation bracket, with the final eight teams competing in consolation groups to provide more competitive matches.
  • All teams competing in Generation adidas Cup are guaranteed to play seven 60-minute matches, comprised of two 30-minute halves.
  • The championship matches in both age groups will be extended to 70-minute matches
  • All contests that are tied at the end of regulation will go directly to a penalty-kick shootout.

How to Watch

Twenty-eight Generation adidas games, including championship matches in both age groups, will stream live on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV.  Further Generation adidas Cup broadcast details, including the schedule of matches on MLS Season Pass, will be announced in the lead-up to the tournament.