Inaugural UFL Season Set to Begin on March 30
After two successful seasons for the USFL and a remarkable XFL season last year, the two leagues have decided to merge and form the United Football League, also known as the UFL. The announcement was made by league executives Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Dany Garcia.
A New Era for Spring Football
The decision to merge the USFL and XFL came with the goal of growing the game of football and providing more opportunities for players. Johnson emphasized the importance of establishing a stable and long-lasting spring football league, after decades of starts and stops.
Exciting Football Action Ahead
Fans can expect the UFL to deliver hard-nosed, intense, and passionate football. Both leagues shared a common vision of unleashing the dreams that football makes possible, and this merger brings that vision to life.
Key Leadership Roles
Former XFL CEO and president Russ Brandon will now serve as the UFL president, while Daryl Johnston, the former USFL president of football operations, will lead football operations for the new league.
A Bright Future for Spring Football
FOX Sports CEO and executive producer Eric Shanks expressed his excitement about the merger, stating that the success of the USFL has proven that spring football has a bright future. With a commitment to advancing broadcast practices, rule innovations, and community engagement, the UFL solidifies its place on the sports calendar.
A Look Back at the USFL and XFL
The USFL was launched in 2022 and featured eight teams. The league saw great success, with the Birmingham Stallions winning back-to-back titles and several players moving on to NFL rosters.
The XFL, which was rebooted in 2020, also had eight teams in 2023. The league became a top spring football league until the effects of the pandemic forced the sale of the property. The Rock and Garcia spearheaded the purchase of the league and successfully brought it back in 2023.
Exciting Times Ahead
The merger of the USFL and XFL marks an exciting new era for spring football. The UFL will kick off its inaugural season on March 30, with a match between the USFL champion Birmingham Stallions and the XFL champions Arlington Renegades. More details about the league’s markets will be released soon.
Stay tuned for more updates on the United Football League and the future of spring football!