XFL Football 2020: Everything You Need To Know

XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck
Oliver Luck is XFL 2020 Commissioner. Meaning the league will have more “Luck” this time. ZING!

XFL 2020 rebooted on February 8th, 2020. Let’s take a look at everything we need to know heading into the new season.

The XFL was the brainchild of Vince McMahon back in 2001.

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With a 50 percent stake owned by NBC, the league was set to launch as the “extra fun league,” and the rules were outrageous.

For one, coin tosses were not in the original XFL. Instead, one player from each team would line up at opposing goal lines and run a 50-yard dash to pick up a resting ball. The winner got the ball first.

In the first game, a player broke his collarbone going for the ball.

… wow.

The league failed, but there was some semblance of hope in the league rebooting with better rules.

Now, 19 years after the end of the original XFL, the league is ready to reboot. There is a whole new plan in place, and the league is taking major strides to ensure the success of XFL 2020.

There is so much promise in this product, and I see major success in the future.

Several things are different about this new league, so let’s take a look at the differences from the first year.

What is the XFL 2020?

The XFL is a new football league created by WWE owner, Vince McMahon. Consisting of eight teams, the league will start play in February 2020.

What does XFL stand for?

According to Vince McMahon, the XFL stands for, “Extra fun league.”

What are the 2020 XFL teams in the relaunch?

The XFL teams are the Defenders, the Guardians, the Vipers, the Renegades, the BattleHawks, the Roughnecks, the Wildcats and the Dragons. Check out more details on XFL teams on the league website.

What are the XFL cities and XFL team names?

XFL New York- New York will be home of the Guardians at the start of 2020.

XFL Dallas- Dallas will be home of the Renegades at the start of 2020.

XFL St. Louis- St. Louis will be home of the BattleHawks at the start of 2020.

XFL Houston- Houston will be home of the Roughnecks at the start of 2020.

XFL DC- DC will be home of the Defenders at the start of 2020.

XFL LA- Los Angeles will be home of the Wildcats at the start of 2020.

XFL Tampa Bay- Tampa Bay will be home of the Vipers at the start of 2020.

XFL Seattle- Seattle will be home of the Dragons at the start of 2020.

Who are the XFL coaches?

Out of the eight XFL teams, five of them will be coached by individuals with NFL or NCAA experience. Many of the XFL 2020 assistant coaches are household names.

XFL NY Guardians Coaches

Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator: Kevin Gilbride, Super Bowl champion and former Offensive Coordinator of the New York Giants

Defensive Coordinator: Jim Herrmann

XFL Tampa Bay Vipers Coaches

Head Coach: Marc Trestman, former head coach of the Chicago Bears

Offensive Coordinator: Jamie Elizondo

Defensive Coordinator: Jerry Glanville

XFL Dallas Renegades Coaches

Head Coach: Bob Stoops, former coach of Oklahoma University and the only coach of the BCS era to win the Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl, Fiesta Bowl and Sugar Bowl

Offensive Coordinator: Hal Mumme

Defensive Coordinator: Chris Woods

XFL LA Wildcats Coaches

Head Coach: Winston Moss, former defensive assistant of the Green Bay Packers

Offensive Coordinator: Norm Chow

Defensive Coordinator: Pepper Johnson

XFL Seattle Dragons Coaches

Head Coach: Jim Zorn, former head coach of the Washington Redskins, and Seahawks great– The first QB in franchise history and a one-time team MVP.

Offensive Coordinator: Mike Riley

Defensive Coordinator: Clayton Lopez

XFL Houston Roughnecks Coaches

Head Coach: June Jones

Offensive Coordinator: Chris Miller

Defensive Coordinator: Ted Cottrell

XFL DC Defenders Coaches

Head Coach: Pep Hamilton

Offensive Coordinator: Tanner Engstrand

Defensive Coordinator: Louie Cioffi

XFL St. Louis Battlehawks Coaches

Head Coach: Johnathan Hayes

Offensive Coordinator: Chuck Long

Defensive Coordinator: Jay Hayes

Who are the notable XFL players?

The XFL draft is broken into two “phases.” Rumor had it that Johnny Manziel and Tim Tebow might make the leap but have not yet. Landry Jones was the first former NFL player to sign a deal. Former Giants Super Bowl winning WR Hakeem Nicks will also be in the league.

Other known players taken in Phase 1 included running back Christine Michael (BattleHawks), receiver Sammie Coates (Roughnecks), quarterback Tyree Jackson (Defenders) and running back Andre Williams (Roughnecks).

Former Ohio State star Cardale Jones will play for the D.C. Defenders.

Phillip Walker will play for the Houston Roughnecks.

Former Penn State and Oakland Raiders QB Matt McGloin will play for the New York Guardians.

Former Georgia Bulldog and Chiefs QB Aaron Murray will play for the Tampa Bay Vipers.

When does the XFL start?

Game play for the XFL started on February 8th, 2020, and the draft happened in mid-October of 2019.

What is the XFL salary?

The following is how players will be paid in the XFL in year one. The XFL salary has four tiers:

  • Tier 1: $25,000 to $60,000 per game: 1 franchise designation
  • Tier 2: $15,000 to $17,500 per game: 3 slots per team
  • Tier 3: $6,000 to $10,000 per game: 23 slots per team
  • Tier 4: $5,000 to $6,000 per game: 18 slots per team

What is the XFL 2020 schedule?

Week 1

DateTimeTV channel
Feb. 82 p.m. ETABC
Feb. 85 p.m. ETFox
Feb. 92 p.m. ETFox
Feb. 95 p.m. ETESPN

Week 2

DateTimeTV channel
Feb. 152 p.m. ETABC
Feb. 155 p.m. ETFox
Feb. 163 p.m. ETABC
Feb. 166 p.m. ETFS1

Week 3

DateTimeTV channel
Feb. 222 p.m. ETABC
Feb. 225 p.m. ETFox
Feb. 233 p.m. ETESPN
Feb. 236 p.m. ETFS1

Week 4

DateTimeTV channel
Feb. 292 p.m. ETABC
Feb. 295 p.m. ETFox
March 14 p.m. ETFS1
March 17 p.m. ETESPN 2

Week 5

DateTimeTV channel
March 72 p.m. ETABC
March 85 p.m. ETFox
March 13 p.m. ETFS1
March 17 (or 9:30) p.m. ETESPN

Week 6

DateTimeTV channel
March 142 p.m. ETABC
March 145 p.m. ETFS2
March 154 p.m. ETFS1
March 157 p.m. ETESPN2

Week 7

DateTimeTV channel
March 212 p.m. ETABC
March 215 p.m. ETFox
March 223 p.m. ETABC
March 226 p.m. ETFS1

Week 8

DateTimeTV channel
March 282 p.m. ETABC
March 285 p.m. ETFox
March 293 p.m. ETABC
March 296 p.m. ETFS1

Week 9

DateTimeTV channel
April 28 p.m. ETFox
April 42 p.m. ETABC
April 512 p.m. ETESPN
April 56 p.m. ETFS1

Week 10

DateTimeTV channel
April 98 p.m. ETFox
April 112 p.m. ETABC
April 1212 p.m. ETFS1
April 123 p.m. ETESPN


DateTimeTV channel
April 183 p.m. ETFox
April 193 p.m. ETESPN

XFL 2020 Championship Game Date/TV

DateTimeTV channel
April 263 p.m. ETESPN


Does the XFL have a TV deal?

Yes it does. The XFL landed a television deal with the Walt Disney Company and Fox. Games will be shown on ABC, Fox, Fox Sports One, Fox Sports Two, ESPN and ESPN2.

Is Oliver Luck in the XFL 2020?

Oliver Luck, father of former (sigh) Colt Andrew Luck, is the CEO of the XFL.

Is Bob Stoops in the XFL?

Bob Stoops came out of retirement to be the head coach and general manager of the Dallas Renegades for the 2020 season. Stoops had an illustrious career as the coach of the Oklahoma Sooners. Stoops was the head coach of the Sooners from 1999-2016, compiling a national championship, 10 Big 12 titles and a career record of 190-48.

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