Beckham granted licence for MLS franchise in Miami

David Beckham has been working on launching his MLS franchise for several years. Credit: PA

Miami has been granted a Major League Soccer franchise, to be part-owned by David Beckham, MLS commissioner Don Garber has announced.

The long-awaited launch brings to a close years of planning for Beckham's ownership group after they struggled to find a location for a new stadium.

The 42-year-old exercised his option to purchase an MLS expansion team in 2014 after joining Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007.

The press conference took place at Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center and members of Beckham's ownership group were also be present.

The announcement takes the number of teams in the league to 25, with Los Angeles FC and Nashville taking up 23rd and 24th places respectively.

The former Manchester United star promised to bring the world's top players to Miami in 2014, saying he would make a global football team "loved by millions of people".