FOX Sports Announces New Pro Football League, USFL, to Start Spring of 2022

By Nhat Hoang
Nhat Hoang
Nhat Hoang
November 23, 2021 Updated: November 23, 2021

Eight teams were announced to inaugurate a new professional USFL football league that kicks off in April 2022.

There are no ties to the original USFL that existed from 1983–85.

Fox Sports ownership made the announcement on Monday on FS1, Colin Cowherd’s show, “The Herd.”

The franchises are divided into two divisions of North and South; and will play 10 games in the regular season.

Both divisions will be comprised of four teams, that will play in one city for the 2022 season; the franchises will play home and away schedules beginning the following season.

The North Division will include the New Jersey Generals, Michigan Panthers, Philadelphia Stars, and Pittsburgh Maulers.

The South Division will include the Houston Gamblers, New Orleans Breakers, Tampa Bay Bandits, and Birmingham Stallions.

Each team will play two games against teams in their respective divisions, and play one game against each opposite-division team.

Games are scheduled from mid-April through mid-June, followed by the playoffs.

Most games will play on the weekends, and there will be some scheduled on Fridays and Mondays.

The president of football operations, Brian Woods, is the founder of The Spring League, which existed from 2017–21.

Legendary former Dallas Cowboys fullback, Daryl Johnston, is the executive vice president of football operations.

Recent upstart football leagues, The Alliance of American Football (AAF) and the XFL both failed to last a season.

The AAF went bankrupt in the middle of the 2019 season; and mandates from the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus, led to the collapse of the XFL.

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XFL banner is seen at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif., on March 8, 2020. (John McCoy/Getty Images)
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