THE NFL might be over for another season – but strap in for XFL 2020.
Owned by former WWE promoter Vince McMahon, the American football competition sees eight centrally owned teams compete in a fast-paced, simplified version of gridiron.
The first XFL ran in 2001 as a direct competitor to the NFL, featuring Skycams, microphones on players, and in-game interviews for the first time in sport.
Despite a strong start, there was no second season after poor TV ratings and it was thought that McMahon and his partners lost $35million in the venture.
When is XFL 2020?
AFTER nineteen years, the XFL is back for the new decade.
If it’s original format was all about the gimmicks, bosses have been keen to stress that this iteration is ‘football and football only’.
The season will get underway on Saturday, February 8.
And the opening game between Seattle Dragons and DC Defenders will start at 7pm UK time.
After ten weeks of competition, two playoff games are scheduled for April 18 and April 19 before the Championship game on April 26.
Which TV channel and live stream can I watch it on?
SADLY there still isn’t currently a UK-based broadcaster for the XFL.
But viewers on this side of the pond can watch through the ESPN Player.
The streaming only service costs £9.99/month, or you can subscribe annually for £99.
In the US, Disney-owned ABC, ESPN and ESPN2, along with Fox, FS1 and FS2, will televise the games.
What teams are playing?
- Dallas Renegades – Arlington, Texas
- Houston Roughnecks – Houston, Texas
- Los Angeles Wildcats – Carson, California
- Seattle Dragons – Seattle, Washington
- DC Defenders – Washington, DC
- New York Guardions – East Rutherford, New Jersey
- St Louis BattleHawks – St Louis, Missouri
- Tampa Bay Vipers – Tampa, Florida
THE XFL is set to have a ten-week regular season, with each team hosting five home games.
There is NO by week, which you usually find in the NFL.
This will be followed by a two-week post-season, featuring the top two teams in each conference competing in a knockout style playoff.
The site of the 2020 XFL Championship Game, which will be played on April 26, has not yet been announced.
XFL’s inaugural draft was completed in October with a total of 568 players joining the eight franchises.