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USL CHAMPIONSHIP ASSIGN THE BOLD TO GROUP D FOR 2020 SEASON

By Austin Bold FC Communications, 06/25/20, 4:00PM CDT

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GROUP D INCLUDES OKC ENERGY FC, RGV FC, SAN ANTONIO FC, AND FC TULSA

Austin, TX (June 25, 2020) On Thursday, The USL Championship announced Austin Bold FC will be placed into Group D as they battle for a place in the 2020 USL Championship Playoffs when the league returns.

Group D includes Austin Bold FC, OKC Energy FC, Rio Grande Valley FC, San Antonio FC,  and FC Tulsa.

The Bold will play its fellow group members three times. The remaining games will be played against teams that fall within a similar geographic region.

2020 Regular Season Structure 

In order to limit travel, the regular season will see the Championship’s clubs divided into eight regionalized groups, and each team will complete a 16-game regular season. There will be five groups made up of four teams, and three groups made up of five teams to cover the 35 member clubs of the Championship.

The regular season games will be played over 13 weeks, concluding on the weekend of October 2-4. Games completed prior to the season suspension in March will be counted and included in the schedule, with teams that were active on the opening weekend of the season having 15 games remaining in their schedule.

Both San Diego Loyal SC and the Tacoma Defiance – who completed two games prior to the season suspension – will have 14 games remaining in their respective schedules. The three clubs that did not play prior to the season suspension – Birmingham Legion FC, Hartford Athletic and Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC – will play their full 16 games upon the resumption of play.

Each team’s schedule will be made up of 12 games from within its own group, with the remaining four games to be played against teams that fall within a similar geographic region. Through this, each team placed in a four-team group will play its three fellow group members four times, while each team placed in a five-team group will play its four fellow group members three times.

Games played prior to the suspension of the season will count toward the allotment of 16 overall games, either as in-group contests or as one of the additional four contests that will complete the schedule.

Teams will be initially scheduled to play a balanced schedule of eight games home and away in the regular season. However, the Board of Governors has also approved the ability for clubs to play an unbalanced amount of home and away matches, if necessary. For example, if a club is experiencing difficulties with venue availability due to the impact of COVID-19 in their community.

2020 USL Championship Playoffs Structure

The top two teams from each group in the regular season will advance to the 2020 USL Championship Playoffs, producing a field of 16 teams overall in a regionalized single-elimination bracket. Group winners will be paired with Group runners-up in the Round of 16, with home advantage being determined by record for the remainder of the bracket.

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