XFL returns to DC for 2023 relaunch – NBC4 Washington

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XFL Returns to Washington, DC for 2023 Relaunch, originally aired on NBC Sports Washington

The XFL returns to the nation’s capital.

Washington, DC has been announced as one of eight cities, along with Arlington, Texas, Houston, San Antonio, Las Vegas, Orlando, Seattle and St. Louis, that will have an XFL team when the Spring Football League restarts in February 2023 .

Five of the cities that had XFL teams in 2020 — DC, Houston, St. Louis, Seattle, and Arlington (a Dallas suburb) — will remain, with Orlando, Las Vegas, and San Antonio being the three new club locations.

Los Angeles, New York and Tampa Bay are the cities that had 2020 teams that will not have rosters for the 2023 relaunch.

Reggie Barlow will serve as the head coach for the Washington DC squad. Barlow played eight seasons in the NFL and was the head coach of Division II Virginia State from 2016 to 2022. Pep Hamilton, the head coach of DC’s 2020 XFL team, is currently the offensive coordinator for the Houston Texans.

Barlow’s staff will include former Washington Commanders defense coordinator Gregg Williams, who will fill the same role for DC’s XFL team.

As for team names, it’s yet to be decided if DC’s roster will be the defenders again. The DC Defenders were 3-2 in first place in the XFL East Division in 2020 before the season was suspended mid-season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

DC will play its home games at Audi Field, home of Washington MLS team DC United. The Defenders also played their home games at Audi Field in the 2020 season.

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