There's a new professional football team in town.

When the reformed XFL (Xtreme Football League) makes its return in 2020, Washington, D.C., will be one of the eight cities with a franchise. 

The news of the XFL coming to Washington was leaked last week, but was made official on Wednesday.

The league, owned by both World Wrestling Entertainment and NBC, is expected to unveil the eight cities with franchises on Dec. 5.

The Washington, D.C., franchise will play at Audi Field, the brand new stadium that is home to D.C. United that opened in July. Currently, D.C. United is the only professional sports team to call Audi Field home.

The XFL's lone year of existence was in 2001. Then, the league was advertised as an alternative to the NFL, but with more entertainment and gimmicks akin to the professional wrestling industry.


After a somewhat encouraging start to the league, viewership and support fell off significantly. The league folded after one year due to a significant loss of money.

When the reformed league debut's in 2020, owner Vince McMahon is focused on giving viewers a more simple style of football, rather than the violent and entertainment elements that the league prided itself on in 2001.

Hopefully the second stint of the XFL is more successful than the first.