XFL Teams: What You Need to Know About the 8 Squads Kicking Off in 2023
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
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
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
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
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
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