United States Soccer League set to return in spring 2022
The league restart was originally announced in June. The original USFL was started in 1983 as a spring league and operated until 1985. The league was closed before the start of the 1986 season and some of its biggest stars – Herschel Walker, Doug Flutie, Steve Young, Reggie White, Jim Kelly and Gary Zimmerman – left for the NFL.
This time around, the FOX Sports-owned league is committed to delivering high-quality professional football when the NFL enters its offseason.
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Here is what you need for know the new USFL.
How many teams will there be?
There will be eight teams split between two divisions to start the 2022 season. The new USFL retained the rights to the main names of the original teams.
Where will the games be played?
Much like the Spring League, each match will be played in one location. Protective Stadium, home of the UAB football team, is said to be the venue for the 2022 season. FOX Sports says it hopes each team will play in its own market “in the future”.
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Where can the fans watch the matches?
FOX Sports has been named the official broadcast partner of the USFL. Most games will be played on Saturdays and Sundays with special broadcasts on select Thursdays and Mondays during the season.
When will the season start?
Unlike the 2020 XFL season which begins right after Super Bowl 2020, the USFL will begin its reboot in mid-April and run through mid-June with the playoffs starting shortly thereafter.
Each team is expected to play a 10-game schedule, facing each division opponent twice and each non-division team once. The top two teams from each division will face each other at the end of the season for the right to meet in a league match.
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Who’s in the USFL so far?
Brian Woods will be the chairman of the league’s football operations. Daryl Johnston is the Executive Vice President of Football Operations. Mike Pereira will be responsible for the refereeing. Edward Hartman is the executive vice president of business operations. Eric Shanks, CEO and executive producer of FOX Sports, will be the chairman of the USFL board of directors.
“We are extremely fortunate to have this extraordinary team of experienced executives to guide the development of the new USFL as we move towards launch this spring,” Shanks said in a statement. “I have no doubts that Brian, Daryl, Mike and Edward have the passion, experience and commitment we need to get the job done, so in April we will deliver a compelling and high quality professional football game that fans will adopt. “