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While we all love Super Bowl Sunday, it’s also one of the saddest days of the year for football fans. That’s because it usually means seven months without professional football. That isn’t the case in 2023, though, as the new XFL kicks off on February 18, less than a week after the Big Game. To help all you football addicts seamlessly transition from one pro league to the next, here’s what you need to know about the new XFL teams.

The new XFL begins in 2023 

Many remember the XFL as the somewhat odd (but also fun) vanity project of WWE founder Vince McMahon from 2001. However, the league came back with the intent to be a minor league of sorts for the NFL and a legitimate spring football league in 2020.

Unfortunately, the timing was horrible as a global pandemic shut down the world, and the league folded, filing for bankruptcy.

However, another WWE legend stepped in to revive the league. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and his business partner, Dany Garcia, stepped in and bought the league to start again in 2023.  

This time around, there will again be eight teams, with five —the DC Defenders, Seattle Sea Dragons, St. Louis BattleHawks, Arlington Renegades, and Houston Roughnecks — returning from 2020. The New York, Los Angeles, and Tampa Bay franchises are being replaced by teams in San Antonio, Las Vegas, and Orlando.

Here is what to know about the new XFL teams

2023 XFL teams

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XFL teams helmets: (Clockwise from top left) St. Louis BattleHawks, Seattle Sea Dragons, Houston Roughnecks, DC Defenders | Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images; Bob Levey/Getty Images; Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images; Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

Arlington Renegades

Location: Arlington, Texas

Home stadium: Choctaw Stadium (former home of MLB’s Texas Rangers)

Head coach: Bob Stoops

Familiar names on the roster: Marquette King, Kyle Sloter, Will Hill

DC Defenders 

Location: Washington, D.C.

Home stadium: Audi Field (home of MLS’s D.C. United)

Head coach: Reggie Barlow

Familiar names on the roster: D’Eriq King, Ryquell Armstead, Eric Dungey

Houston Roughnecks 

Location: Houston, Texas

Home stadium: TDECU Stadium (on the campus of the University of Houston)

Head coach: Wade Phillips

Familiar names on the roster: Kaleb Eleby, Emmanuel Ellerbee

Orlando Guardians

Location: Orlando, Florida

Home stadium: Camping World Stadium (home of the Citrus Bowl and the Cheez-It Bowl)

Head coach: Terrell Buckley

Familiar names on the roster: Paxton Lynch, Matt Elam

San Antonio Brahmas

Location: San Antonio, Texas

Home stadium: Alamodome (former home of the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs)

Head coach: Hines Ward

Familiar names on the roster: Kalen Ballage, Reid Sinnett, Brad Wing

Seattle Sea Dragons  

Location: Seattle, Washington

Home stadium: Lumen Field (home of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks)

Head coach: Jim Haslett

Familiar names on the roster: Josh Gordon, Ben DiNucci

St. Louis BattleHawks           

Location: St. Louis, Missouri

Home stadium: The Dome at America’s Center (former home of the NFL’s St. Louis Rams)

Head coach: Anthony Becht

Familiar names on the roster: A.J. McCarron, Austin Proehl

Vegas Vipers  

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Home stadium: Cashman Field (home of the USL’s Las Vegas Lights)

Head coach: Rod Woodson

Familiar names on the roster: Vic Beasley, Martavius Bryant, Brett Hundley


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