USL Championship and USL League One 2021 season launches are tentatively scheduled to begin in May with flexible start dates, comprising a 32-game season for Championship and 28 games for League One.
In a decision made last week by the league’s Board of Governors, USL Championship teams will be allowed to set their own opening date between April 24 and May 15, presumably in conjunction with local health officials. If COVID-19 rates continue to drop, the later the opening the better–and with the Minor League Baseball season also looking like it will open in May, you’ll see the teams playing out of MiLB facilities want to open in parallel with the baseball season.
USL Championship play will be structured in four divisions, and will contain a 32-game slate running across 27 weeks through the end of October with playoffs scheduled for November. Still to come: information on scheduling, divisional alignment and playoff structure.
A 28-game USL League One season has a target opening date of May 8, running through October and culminating in a six-team playoff to take place in November.
As approved by the league’s Board of Governors, clubs could begin play as early as April 10 depending on conditions in their local communities. Further details and scheduling announcements will be made in the coming months.
Keep in mind this is tentative.
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