How Many Teams are in the United Football League (UFL)?
The United Football League (UFL) kicks off March 30th, 2024, marking the latest spring football venture. The new league is the culmination of the USFL and XFL merger which was announced in September of 2023. The UFL is comprised of 8 teams, split between USFL and XFL Divisions and games are set to be broadcast on FOX, FS1, ABC and ESPN.
Here are the 8 Teams in the UFL
Birmingham Stallions: Headed up by Coach Skip Holtz, the Birmingham Stallions come into the UFL with back-to-back championships under their belt. They will face new competition in 2024,m but if the past two seasons are any indicator, the team should be able to hold their own. The Stallions are based out of Protective Stadium in Birmingham, AL, which housed all 8 USFL teams in their inaugural season.
Houston Roughnecks: The Houston Roughnecks will be returning, but under a new coaching staff. After a last-minute adjustment, Curtis Johnson and staff will transition from the Houston Gamblers of the USFL. The Houston Roughnecks had called TDECU Stadium home for their first two seasons, but a move to Rice Stadium for 2024 seems increasingly likely. Under Coach Johnson the Gamblers were able to close out the season with a winning record, and will look to continue those improvements under a new name in the UFL.
Memphis Showboats: John DeFillipo will be coming in to serve as head coach for the Showboats in 2024 after Todd Haley exited the league during the off-season. Coach DeFillipo previously served as head coach of the New Orleans Breakers in 2022, leading his team to a playoff appearance. The Showboats will continue to play out of Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium in 2024.
Michigan Panthers: Mike Nolan returns to the Michigan Panthers as head coach under the UFL, and will look to improve upon the teams record in 2024. The Panthers made it to the USFL Playoffs, but couldn’t hold off the Pittsburgh Maulers. The Michigan Panthers are the only team in the UFL to share a stadium with an NFL franchise, calling Ford Field home.
Arlington Renegades: Arlington, TX will serve as central hub for the UFL in 2024, housing all players between gameday. It’s also home to the Arlington Renegades and Choctaw Stadium. Bob Stoops will be returning to coach the Renegades after leading his team to an XFL Championship.
DC Defenders: The DC Defenders were the top team in the XFL last season. Although they made it to the XFL Championship, the Arlington Renegades pulled off an upset to bring home the trophy. Audi Field is one of the more rowdy stadiums in the league, calling itself home to both the beer snake and the lemons. Reggie Barlow will be returning as head coach of the Defenders in 2024, and will look to get his team back to the championship game.
St. Louis Battlehawks: They say the ‘Kaw is the Law’, and it’s hard to deny. The Battlehawks have been the largest spring football market since they were announced in 2019. The team averaged over 35k in attendance at The Dome last season, and seem to be on track to beat that in 2024. Anthony Becht is back, and this time he’s dead set on getting the Battlehawks into the UFL Playoffs.
San Antonio Brahmas: Hines Ward made a last-minute exit from the franchise, which will now see Wade Phillips move over the the San Antonio Brahmas in 2024. Phillips is expected to bring most of his coaching staff, which can only be seen as a good thing. Phillips lead the Roughnecks to the XFL Playoffs in 2023, and will now look to turn things around for the Brahmas. The franchise will be returning to the Alamo Dome next season, which is one of the more entertaining atmospheres in spring football.