The XFL officially confirmed its return date with the American football competition coming back onto the field in 2022.
The news follows on from the competition’s $15 million takeover by Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia, who also own Seven Bucks Productions, alongside RedBird Capital Partners.
Along with announcing the XFL’s return day, the new ownership group and its executives are also in the process of relaunching the competition, with further details expected to be shared in due course.
Via a joint statement, Johnson and Garcia commented: “The XFL represents the idea of ultimate opportunity; it’s a league of soul and culture, anchored by the pursuit of dreams and love for the game, that we couldn’t be more proud to lead.
“Every XFL player, coach, city and fan is our top priority and we couldn’t be more excited to champion them in an electrifying 2022 season. We are the new XFL—hungry, humble and no one will outwork us.”
This will be the interaction of the XFL since it first appeared in 2001, with its most recent reboot coming to a conclusion this year, however, unlike previous versions the competition will have new owners at the helm.
Regarding the news of XFL’s return, Johnson also tweeted: “As owners, we’re proud to champion our XFL players, coaches, cities and fans into an electrifying 2022 season! It’s an uphill battle – but we’re hungry, humble and no one will outwork us. A league of culture, passion & purpose.”
It has yet to be announced whether the teams and cities involved in XFL’s first reboot will still be a part of the competition or if there will be any new participants joining the league.
“For the love of football and for the safety of our players and fans, we’ll be back on the field in 2022,” added Jeffrey Pollack, XFL President and COO. “The opportunity in front of us, with our new ownership, is simply too big to rush back. We want to do this properly with care and thought for everyone who loves football, especially our players, coaches, partners and fans.”