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UFL 2024 Schedule: Recreation Dates, Occasions and TV Information for 1st Season After XFL-USFL Merger

Timothy Rapp @@TRappaRT Featured Columnist IV February 5, 2024 Marc Sanchez/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images The UFL—the joint league created in the wake of the XFL and USFL’s merger—announced its schedule for the 2024 season on Monday, starting with a Saturday, March 30 matchup between the Birmingham Stallions and Arlington Raiders at 1 p.m. ET

UFL 2024 Schedule: Recreation Dates, Occasions and TV Information for 1st Season After XFL-USFL Merger

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTX.com LogoFeatured Columnist IVFebruary 5, 2024

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 02: A general view of Boise State Broncos footballs before the start of a Mountain West Championship Game between the Boise State Broncos and the UNLV Rebels Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023, at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Marc Sanchez/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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The UFL—the joint league created within the wake of the XFL and USFL’s merger—announced its schedule for the 2024 season on Monday, beginning with a Saturday, March 30 matchup between the Birmingham Stallions and Arlington Raiders at 1 p.m. ET on Fox.

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The UFL’s regular-season schedule: pic.twitter.com/6iaNRHSa4n

That may pit the 2 champions from final season in opposition to one another, with the Stallions successful the USFL final yr and the Raiders topping the XFL.

Groups will play a 10-game schedule this season and apply in a central location in Texas. Every group will host 5 video games of their residence markets, with broadcasts in the course of the season on Fox, FS1, ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC.

“The UFL will now have distinctive platforms by which followers can expertise spring soccer. We’re equally excited to welcome new and returning followers again into our buildings this season to allow them to immerse themselves within the power round spring soccer,” UFL president and CEO Russ Brandon stated in a press release. “Our gamers are right here to carry out and to achieve the subsequent stage, and our followers are going to be handled to a superb on-field product and in-stadium expertise.”

Plenty of various leagues have tried to step into the void left within the NFL and school soccer offseason, to various levels of success. The Alliance of American Soccer did not final a season. The Area Soccer League was one of many few alternate options that had some longevity, with runs between 1987-08 and 2010-19.

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Each the USFL and XFL have had a number of iterations. The USFL first existed between 1983-85 as a summertime possibility for soccer followers and was revived in 2022.

The XFL, in the meantime, provided knowledgeable wrestling perspective on the game in its inaugural season in 2001 however folded after only one yr. It was once more revived in 2020 however was canceled midseason as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. A 3rd try on the league got here in 2023, a full season was held earlier than earlier than the USFL merger.

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