Freedom Football League

The Freedom Football League (FFL) is a planned professional spring-summer American football league.

Freedom Football League
Freedom Football League logo
SportAmerican football
No. of teams10 (planned)
CountryUnited States


The Freedom Football League was announced on December 6, 2018 by Ricky Williams on ESPN's Outside the Lines. Williams indicated there were 100 initial stakeholders plus additional financing planned. He also announced the teams' locations and names.[1]

In 2019, the league was planning to make a series of private and public equity offerings.[1] While ESPN reports that no set first season date,[1] Sporting News indicated 2020 for the first season.[2]

The league has told multiple sources that the league will start in March 2020.


The FFL has proposed ten teams[3] to be split into two conferences.[4]

Freedom Football League is located in the United States
Locations of teams — Red pog.svg Eastern Conference Blue pog.svg Western Conference
Team City[3]
Western Conference[4]
Oakland Panthers Oakland, California
Oklahoma City Power Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Portland Progress Portland, Oregon
San Diego Warriors San Diego, California
Texas Revolution Austin, Texas
Eastern Conference[4]
Birmingham Kings Birmingham, Alabama
Connecticut Underground Hartford, Connecticut
Florida Strong Orlando, Florida
Ohio Players Cleveland, Ohio
St. Louis Independence St. Louis, Missouri


The FFL will be financed by private funding and public offerings allowing fans to be part-owners of their respective team. When the FFL was announced, co-founder Ricky Williams stated that there are approximately 100 initial stakeholders, including 50 former NFL players.[1] Season ticket holders are planned to have equity stakes.[5] The league would be owned by players, fans and the operators.[6]

Key people


Rice, Garcia and Jackson are all former players in the United Football League.


  1. ^ a b c d "Ex-NFL players create Freedom Football League". December 6, 2018. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  2. ^ Durkee, Travis (December 6, 2018). "Ricky Williams, collection of former NFL stars launching Freedom Football League". Sporting News. Perform Media. Omnisport. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Ex-NFL star Williams behind new Freedom Football League". Reuters. December 6, 2018. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "Teams". Freedom Football League. Freedom Football League. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  5. ^ Benjamin, Cody (December 6, 2018). "From AAF to FFL to XFL, here's a guide to all the new non-NFL football leagues". Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  6. ^ Skiver, Kevin (December 6, 2018). "Ricky Williams announces 'Freedom Football League' run by former players including Terrell Owens". Retrieved December 8, 2018.

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