League’s second season to feature three new clubs and expanded playoff format
USL League One unveiled its 2020 regular-season schedule on Friday, with 12 teams set to play 168 games over 28 weeks.
Building off a historic inaugural season in 2019, the 2020 season will see all 12 clubs play six teams three times and a home-and-away series with the remaining five. The 2020 regular season will open on Friday, March 27 and conclude on Saturday, October 3 with four matches on the final day of the season.
The entirety of the 2020 League One season will be available live on ESPN+ in the United States.
2019 USL League One Playoffs rematches will take center stage in 2020, with North Texas SC playing both Greenville Triumph SC and Forward Madison FC three times in the regular season. NTSC will travel to Greenville on Sunday, April 26 in the first of three League One Final rematches and host Forward Madison on Saturday, May 9 in the first of the trio of Semifinal rematches slated for 2020.
Three expansion clubs will make their League One debuts during the opening weekend of the 2020 season, with Inter Miami CF’s League One side hosting Union Omaha and New England Revolution II hosting Orlando City B. Omaha and New England will meet three times in 2020, while League One Miami plays its fellow expansion sides twice.
The 2020 season will see the opening of at least two new stadiums as North Texas SC plays its first matches at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas and Orlando City B opens Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, Florida.
All 12 clubs will be in action in the final weekend of the season as teams vie for playoff position. Greenville Triumph SC hosts League One Miami and the Richmond Kickers host Toronto FC II on Friday, October 2, while the other eight clubs are in action on Saturday, October 3.
The USL League One Playoffs will expand from four to six teams in 2020, with the top two seeds receiving first-round byes. Following the first round, the top-seeded team will meet the lowest seeded team remaining and the second-seeded team will play the second-lowest seeded team remaining in the League One Semifinals.
2020 USL League One Playoffs Schedule
First Round: October 9-11
Semifinals: October 16-18
League One Final: October 22-25