Earlier this year we learned that the United States Football League (USFL) would be returning in 2022. We didn’t know many details at the time other than that the league would be targeting a minimum of eight teams. Beyond that, announcements on coaches, rosters and everything else was listed as coming soon.
The news of the USFL’s reboot came via a short spot on FOX Sports from former New Jersey Generals quarterback Doug Flutie and was also aired during The Spring League season that was airing on FOX at the time.
The USFL is back! Catch all the action next year on FOX Sports.
Listen as @USFLOfficial’s iconic #22 @DougFlutie weighs in on the league’s return in 2022. pic.twitter.com/K0Hw0N54rp
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) June 3, 2021
Fast forward to October, that’s when we learned that the USFL was in talks with representatives from Birmingham, AL to host the entirety of its inaugural season. Between Birmingham City Council and the Jefferson County Commission they pulled together $3.6M in total to host the full season.
Part of the deal would also see Birmingham get two spots per game. Considering that a majority of the matchups are to take place on network television, this is fantastic exposure for the city.
Earlier today it was revealed that co-founder Brian Woods would serve as President of Football Operations.
Joining Woods’ is Daryl Johnston as Exec VP/Football Operations, Mike Pereira as Head of Officiating, Edward Hartman as Exec VP/Business Operations and Eric Shanks as Chair of the USFL Board.
It was reported that we would get a formal announcement from FOX on the return of the USFL this week, and just now we got just that.
Just now FOX released a full statement on what you need to know about the new United States Football League.
Interestingly enough, when it comes to location there’s still no official location; only stating that an announcement would be made soon. Unless something crazy has happened in the last couple weeks, you can still expect the league to play out of Birmingham, AL in 2022.
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You can read the full release below:
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: THE NEW UNITED STATES FOOTBALL LEAGUE ON FOX
The new United States Football League is launching in the spring of 2022.
The new USFL is an American football league, owned by FOX Sports, that will deliver high-quality, innovative professional football played in the spring and early summer.
Here’s what you need to know about the new USFL:
How many teams will be in the league? How will the league be formatted?
There will be eight teams in the new USFL, split into two divisions –– North and South. Each team will play a 10-game schedule, with teams in the same division playing each other twice and teams in the other division once.
The top two teams in each division will play against each other in the semifinals followed a week later by the championship game.
Where will games be played?
In the inaugural season of the USFL, all eight teams will play in one location, which will be announced soon. In the future, the USFL expects teams to play in their own markets.
When will the season begin?
The 2022 USFL regular season will begin in mid-April and run through mid-June, followed by the playoffs.
On what days will games be played? How can fans watch?
Games will be played on both Saturday and Sunday, with special broadcasts on specific Fridays and Mondays.
FOX Sports is an official broadcast partner of the USFL and will air games on a weekly basis.
Who will oversee the new USFL?
Brian Woods –– the founder and CEO of The Spring League from 2017 to 2021 and a co-founder of the new USFL –– will serve as the league’s President of Football Operations.
Three-time Super Bowl champion and former Dallas Cowboys fullback Daryl “Moose” Johnston will serve as Executive Vice President of Football Operations.
Joining the new USFL as Head of Officiating is former NFL Vice President of Officiating and FOX Sports’ NFL and College Football Rules analyst Mike Pereira. And FOX Sports’ Edward Hartman will serve as Executive Vice President of Business Operations.
We are extremely fortunate to have this extraordinary team of experienced executives to guide the new USFL’s development as we move toward launch this spring,” said FOX Sports CEO and Executive Producer Eric Shanks, who will serve as Chairman of the USFL’s Board of Directors.
I am confident Brian, Daryl, Mike and Edward have the passion, experience, and commitment we need to get the job done, so come April, we will offer a compelling, high-quality game of professional football that fans will embrace.”
Plans are progressing quickly, and additional announcements will be made in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!