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New Jersey Generals & Birmingham Stallions could clinch playoff berths in Week 7

Tiebreakers announced for inaugural playoffs that begin June 25 in Canton, Ohio

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., May 25, 2022 – While no team in the United States Football League (USFL) has yet punched a ticket for the postseason, this weekend’s games will certainly impact who eventually travels  to Canton, Ohio, for the new League’s inaugural playoffs.

The New Jersey Generals could be first to clinch a playoff berth – either a Week 7 win against the Tampa Bay Bandits on Saturday (12:00 pm ET on USA), or weekend losses by both the Michigan Panthers and Pittsburgh Maulers, will earn Coach Mike Riley’s team a trip to Canton’s Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. The Birmingham Stallions and Coach Skip Holtz also have a playoff-clinching scenario if they beat the Maulers on Sunday (2:00 pm ET on FOX) and if the Bandits lose to the Generals.

All eight USFL teams – New Jersey Generals (5-1), Philadelphia Stars (3-3), Michigan Panthers (1-5), and Pittsburgh Maulers (1-5) in the North Division, and Birmingham Stallions (6-0), New Orleans Breakers (4-2), Tampa Bay Bandits (3-3), and Houston Gamblers (1-5) in the South Division – are still in playoff contention on the road to Canton with four weeks remaining in the regular-season. The inaugural USFL playoffs will begin Saturday, June 25, as the top two teams in each division face each other in the league’s semifinals. The final two teams will play in the USFL Championship Game on Sunday, July 3. Tickets for the USFL Playoffs and Championship Games in Canton are on sale through Ticketmaster at United States Football League (USFL) (


If, at the end of the 10-week regular-season, two or more teams in the same division finish with identical won-lost records, the following tiebreakers will be used to determine playoff berths:

  1. Head-to-head
  2. Best won-lost percentage in games played within the division
  3. Strength of victory (aggregate won-lost percentage of teams defeated)
  4. Best net points in all games
  5. Best net touchdowns in all games
  6. Coin toss

About the USFL

The United States Football League (USFL) is a new, independent football league that is not affiliated with the defunct 1980s league or its owners. The inaugural USFL season kicked off April 16 with eight teams split into two divisions: the Birmingham Stallions, Houston Gamblers, New Orleans Breakers, and Tampa Bay Bandits in the South Division; and the Michigan Panthers, Pittsburgh Maulers, New Jersey Generals, and Philadelphia Stars in the North Division. Each team will play a 10-game regular-season in Birmingham. Playoff semifinals begin in Canton on June 25 between the top two teams in each division and a championship game on July 3 between division winners. Each USFL team carries a 40-man active roster plus a 10-man practice squad. Players receive base compensation and are eligible for victory bonuses. NBC Sports and FOX Sports are the League’s official media partners and will present all 43 regular- and postseason games on FOX, FS1, NBC, USA, or Peacock networks. Brian Woods is President of Football Operations, and former Dallas Cowboys standout and long-time NFL on FOX game analyst Daryl Johnston is Executive Vice President of Football Operations. Former NFL Vice President of Officiating and FOX Sports’ NFL and college football rules analyst Mike Pereira is Head of Officiating, and FOX Sports’ Edward Hartman is Executive Vice President of Business Operations. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.