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Kevin Seifert, ESPN Employees AuthorFeb 5, 2024, 08:00 AM ET
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The brand new United Soccer League introduced its full 43-game schedule Monday, kicking off with a March 30 matchup of the champions from the 2 leagues that fashioned it and concluding with a championship recreation June 16.
UFL groups will apply in a central location close to Dallas however will play 5 video games apiece of their house markets as a part of a 10-game schedule. The league, fashioned final 12 months by way of a merger between the XFL and USFL, will open with a March 30 recreation between the USFL champion Birmingham Stallions and the XFL champion Arlington Renegades at Choctaw Stadium in Arlington, Texas (1 p.m. ET/FOX).
The remainder of the opening weekend’s schedule contains:
• St. Louis Battlehawks at Michigan Panthers (March 30, 4 p.m. ET/FOX)
• D.C. Defenders at San Antonio Brahmas (March 31, midday ET/ESPN)
• Memphis Showboats at Houston Roughnecks (March 31, 3 p.m. ET/ESPN)
The UFL will host two convention championship video games the weekend of June 8-9 to find out the members in its league championship recreation the next weekend.
Each UFL recreation will probably be televised on both ABC, Fox, ESPN, ESPN2 or FS1. ABC/ESPN video games will probably be streamed on ESPN+, and Fox video games will stream on the Fox Sports activities app. Practically three-quarters of the video games will air on both ABC or Fox.
The UFL’s regular-season schedule: pic.twitter.com/6iaNRHSa4n
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“The UFL will now have distinctive platforms by way of 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/CEO Russ Brandon mentioned in a press release. “Our gamers are right here to carry out and to succeed in the subsequent degree, and our followers are going to be handled to a wonderful on-field product and in-stadium expertise.”
The league additionally confirmed all eight house stadiums for 2024. They’re:
• Birmingham Stallions: Protecting Stadium
• Arlington Renegades: Choctaw Stadium
• Houston Roughnecks: Rice Stadium
• D.C. Defenders: Audi Discipline
• Memphis Showboats: Simmons Financial institution Liberty Stadium
• San Antonio Brahmas: The Alamodome
• Michigan Panthers: Ford Discipline
• St. Louis Battlehawks: The Dome at America’s Heart