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USFL returning for 2022 season

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The USFL is the third spring league to launch in the last three years, with the AAF and XFL lasting one season each in 2019 and 2020, respectively.
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The USFL, an American Football League which competed for three seasons in the 1980s, will be returning to the field for the 2022 spring season.

The league is the latest in a line of upstart spring football competitions to hold games in the last few years. The AAF lasted for one season in 2019, and the XFL lasted for one season in 2020. Both leagues ultimately filed for bankruptcy, although the XFL, now owned by The Rock, is hoping to return to competition in the near future.

The USFL will feature at least eight teams, whose home cities and mascots have yet to be determined. The league has announced that it plans to retain some of its original team names.

Despite its brief existence, the 1980s USFL featured future NFL stars like Doug Flutie, Herschel Walker, and Steve Young. Recent breakaway leagues have not possessed as much talent, although Panthers quarterback P.J. Walker and Falcons kicker Younghoe Koo competed in the XFL and AAF, respectively.

Seattle did not have a team in the original USFL or the AAF, but Lumen Field did host home games for the Seattle Dragons of the XFL in 2020. Should Seattle get a USFL team, though, it could prove to be a semi-useful scouting ground for future NFL talent.