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United States Football League to return in spring 2022

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The United States Football League is seeking to make a comeback after nearly 40 years. Plans to relaunch the failed spring league were announced on Thursday.

The league was previously in operation for three active seasons that were played in the spring/summer from 1983 through 1985. The 1986 season was to be played in the fall/winter and would have directly competed with the National Football League, but the USFL stopped operations before the season began.

The new league, which will be rebooted in spring 2022, will feature eight teams that will retain the names of the original USFL.

"We look forward to providing players a new opportunity to compete in a professional football league and giving fans everywhere the best football viewing product possible during what is typically a period devoid of professional football," said Brian Woods, co-founder of the new USFL and founder and CEO of The Spring League.

The USFL games will air on FOX Sports, who also hold a minority equity stake in the league. Team locations will be announced at a later date.