TAMPA, Fla. – The USL Championship Wednesday announced its final will be televised by ESPN Sunday, Nov. 1.
It will be the first game in league history to air on ESPN. For the second consecutive year, the contest also will be simulcast on ESPN Deportes. Kickoff isscheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET.
“This is a historic way to finish our 10th anniversary season,” USL executive vice president Court Jeske said in a statement. “This has been a deeply challenging, but ultimately successful year for our league and we look forward to another exciting Championship final. We are thrilled to showcase the league’s greatest teams across the country on ESPN and ESPN Deportes.”
The Championship playoffs will begin the weekend of Oct. 9-11, featuring a single-elimination, 16-team bracket. Under the revised season format, four group winners in each conference will earn hosting rights for the Eastern and Western Conference quarterfinals. Following the opening round, hosting rights will be determined by regular season record. All playoff matches will stream live on ESPN+, the the industry-leading sports streaming service.
Information on additional games to air on ESPN networks will be announced in the coming weeks.
USL Championship playoff dates
Conference quarterfinals – Oct. 9-11 (ESPN+)
Conference semifinals – Oct. 16-18 (ESPN+)
Conference finals – Oct. 23-25 (ESPN+)
USL Championship Final – Sunday, Nov. 1 (ESPN & ESPN Deportes)