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The Xtreme Football League[1](also known as simply the XFL) is a spring professional American football league. It had a short-lived run in 2020, as Covid hit, when it was run by WWE. The league called itself "the way football was supposed to be played."[2] However, the league fizzled out in 2001 after only one season. However, several players went on to other leagues and some were quite successful (such as Tommy Maddox and arguably the league's best known player, Rod "He Hate Me" Smith).

The XFL returned for a season in 2020, and returns again on February 18, 2023, at 3pm on ABC.[3] NFL Hall of Fame defensive back Rod Woodson is one of the head coaches.[4]. The XFL's 2023 season has these teams:[5]

The XFL has signed an agreement with the NFL, however, and may extend some of the NFL's harm further. Alternatively, it is possible that initially the XFL has had to "play ball" with the NFL in order to obtain television contracts, and that the long-term plan is to compete with the NFL.

On September 28, 2023, the XFL announced their intent to merge with the USFL prior to the 2024 season. More details will be revealed at a later date.[6]

XFL North Division

  • St. Louis Battlehawks
  • D.C. Defenders
  • Seattle Sea Dragons
  • Vegas Vipers

XFL South Division

  • Arlington Renegades
  • Houston Roughnecks
  • Orlando Guardians
  • San Antonio Brahmas (plays at the Alamadome)

How to Surpass the NFL

The XFL could surpass the NFL by:

  • not requiring the Covid vaccine
  • prohibiting liberal censorship of religious and off-field speech by players
  • prohibiting sham tryouts used by the NFL
  • promoting athleticism rather than a mindless, pro-gambling winning-is-everything attitude
  • increasing percentage of time that is for playing the sport
  • promoting chivalry as part of the game, and returning to a role for cheerleaders as college football does
  • actually try to help the communities where the games are played, in contrast with the NFL that takes more than it gives
  • rewarding athleticism, such as long completed passes to wide receivers rather than easy short passes to tight ends
  • signing some of the mega-stars whom the NFL excluded, such as Tim Tebow

2023 Ownership

XFL ownership for its 2023 launch includes:

  • Dany Garcia
  • Dwayne Johnson
  • Gerry Cardinale's RedBird Capital Partners

2001 Teams

  • Birmingham Bolts
  • Chicago Enforcers
  • NY/NJ Hitmen
  • Memphis Maniax
  • Las Vegas Outlaws
  • Los Angeles Xtreme
  • Orlando Rage
  • San Francisco Demons

2020 Teams

  • Dallas Renegades
  • Houston Roughnecks
  • Los Angeles Wildcats
  • Seattle Dragons
  • DC Defenders
  • New York Guardians
  • St. Louis BattleHawks
  • Tampa Bay Vipers

Championship games

2001: Los Angeles Xtreme: 38, San Francisco Demons: 6

2020: No Championship game.[7]

2023: Arlington Renegades: 35, DC Defenders: 26


  1. Technically, the X in XFL didn’t stand for anything. Although Vince McMahon jokingly called the XFL “the Xtra Fun League” at a press conference for the old one.
  2. http://www.officialxfl.com/index.asp
  3. https://www.xfl.com/
  4. https://www.xfl.com/xfl-today/head-coaches/rod-woodson-head-coach
  5. https://www.theintelligencer.com/sports/article/Ka-Kaw-Battlehawks-XFL-announce-schedule-17696744.php
  6. https://www.tsn.ca/nfl/xfl-united-states-football-league-announce-intention-to-merge-1.2013718
  7. By the time the season was canceled, the Houston Roughnecks had the best record (5-0)