The USFL comes back after a three-year hiatus from 1983 to 1985. The league's brief existence was partly due to financial difficulties and a failed attempt to transfer the league from the spring to the fall.
The USFL produced several future prominent NFL figures, including future Bills coach Marv Levy, quarterbacks Steve Young and Jim Kelly, running back Herschel Walker, pass rusher Reggie White, linebacker Sam Mills, and offensive lineman Gary Zimmerman, among others, in addition to implementing several innovations (such as instant replay and two-point conversions).
The United States Football League (USFL) has stated that it will begin to play in the spring of 2022. Throughout the spring season, the league will aim for a total of 8 teams to provide fans with high-quality, modern professional football.
The league chose eight teams from the old USFL, which played from 1983 to 1986, and kept the rights to keep team names. The eight teams that will compete in 2022 are as follows.
Four teams will compete in the North Division, while four teams will compete in the South Division: The Northern Division teams are the Michigan Panthers, New Jersey Generals, Philadelphia Stars, and the Pittsburgh Maulers. The Southern Division teams are the Birmingham Stallions, Houston Gamblers, New Orleans Breakers, and the Tampa Bay Bandits.
The league's eight teams selected 280 players in the first USFL selection on Feb. 22-23, followed by the USFL's supplementary draft on March 10 – 10 rounds with no positional limits.
In the first season, all eight teams will play their games in the same stadium. The new league's logos have been changed, and games will begin in April 2022, with games every Saturday and Sunday throughout a 10-game season.
The USFL will have FOX Sports as its official broadcast partner. FOX Sports also owns a portion of the USFL's parent corporation. Teams from the same division will play twice, and teams from the other division will play once.
The semifinals will feature the top two teams from each division, followed by a championship game a week later.