In just 30 days, The Spring League (TSL) returns for the 2021 season with two new
teams – the Linemen and Sea Lions – a longer season and two new hub markets. TSL will
again partner with FOX Sports to showcase an expanded slate of games throughout the
season, with full television schedule details to be released next week.
TSL’s 2021 season features eight teams, competing in a six-week regular season from two hub
markets. Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana will play host to TSL’s North Division and
consist of the Conquerors, led by Head Coach Jerry Glanville, Aviators, Alphas, and Linemen.
The South Division will be headquartered in Houston, Texas and be comprised in part of the
returning league champion Generals, coached by Bart Andrus, and Blues. Two former NFL
head coaches, round out the remaining two teams in the South Division. Mike Riley, who served
as the San Diego Chargers head coach for three seasons will lead the Sea Lions, one of two
expansion teams for the 2021 season. Riley also served as head coach at Oregon State (1997-
1998, 2003-2014) and Nebraska (2015-2017). The Jousters will have Kevin Gilbride at the
helm. Gilbride spent 20 years in the NFL including seven years as offensive coordinator of the
New York Giants, winning two Super Bowl rings along the way. From 1997-1998, Gilbride
served as head coach of the San Diego Chargers.
The 2021 season will kickoff on Thursday, May 6 with a doubleheader from Lucas Oil Stadium.
The first game in the doubleheader will feature the Alphas versus Aviators at 7:00pm ET,
followed by the Conquerors and Linemen at 10:00pm ET. Week 1 action continues on Saturday,
May 8 when the reigning TSL Champion Generals take on the Jousters with kickoff at 3:00 PM
ET from Rice Stadium in Houston. The Division champions will advance to the 2021 TSL
Championship that takes place Saturday, June 19.
The 2021 season features a couple of new rules that aim to improve the game, specifically
introducing a new overtime format as well as enhanced protection for the quarterback. In the
new “spot and choose” overtime, the team that wins the overtime coin toss will pick the spot of
the ball, while the other team will choose whether to play offense or defense.
“We have been innovators since we launched in 2017 and will continue to experiment with new
technology and rule modifications to enhance the viewing experience for our fans and make the
game safer at all levels,” said Brian Woods, CEO of TSL.