USL Announces Plans for Regular Season Play
21 Apr, 2021
The USL Championship announced that the 2021 regular season will begin on or about May 1, see the teams split in to four divisions, and will contain a 32-game slate running across 27 weeks through the end of October with playoffs scheduled for November.
In voting for a flexible start date, the Governors have approved for clubs to begin play anywhere between April 24th and May 15th. Further announcements on scheduling, divisional alignment and playoff structure will be made in the coming months and the league will continue to monitor the ongoing COVID-19 crises in the event that alterations to the format need to be made.
About the USL Championship
The USL Championship is one of the most successful professional soccer leagues in the world, reaching a population of more than 84 million and fueling the growth of the game across the United States. Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, the USL provides unparalleled club support with a growing team of more than 60 professionals across 17 departments, ranging from operations to marketing, communications and sponsorship.
The USL Championship has a national media partnership with ESPN, wherein all league matches are broadcast on ESPN+ and across linear channels. The league also operates USL Productions, which includes a state-of-the-art facility that produced and distributed more than 1,000 league matches and more than 2,000 hours of original content to national partners, local affiliates and international markets throughout the past two seasons.