The USL Championship unveiled its 2019 regular-season schedule with 36 teams set to play 612 games over 33 weeks in what amounts to the biggest year in the league’s history.
Building off a historic season that saw almost three million fans attend games in the 2018 regular season and USL Cup Playoffs, the 2019 USL Championship regular season will see the league’s 36 teams play home-and-home series within its own conference.
Fury FC kicks off the season in Charleston versus the Battery on March 9 for the first of three matches on the road. The squad heads home to battle Nashville SC as footy returns to TD Place on Saturday, April 9.
Fury fans will get their first look at new USL teams Loudon United FC (April 13), Memphis 901 FC (June 15), Birmingham Legion FC (August 2), and Hartford Athletic (September 22).
Nikola Popovic's former club Swope Park also makes their inaugural trip to the capital, as the side slid over the league's Eastern Conference this season.
Click here to view Fury FC's full 2019 schedule.
New USL Cup Playoffs Format
The 2019 USL Cup Playoffs will expand to include 10 teams from each conference, with the lowest four seeds in each conference opening the postseason in the Play-In Round, provisionally slated for Wednesday, October 23 with the No. 7 seed hosting the No. 10 seed and the No. 8 seed hosting the No. 9 seed for a place in the Conference Quarterfinals.
Following the Play-In Round, the two teams to advance will be placed into the main bracket for the Conference Quarterfinals, with the lower remaining seed facing the conference’s No. 1 seed and the higher remaining seed facing the No. 2 seed. The single-elimination format will then continue for the following four weekends in a fixed-bracket format with the higher seed in each matchup serving as host through the Eastern and Western Conference Finals. The 2019 USL Cup will be held between November 14-18, 2019 and be hosted by the conference champion with the better regular-season record.
2019 USL Cup Playoffs Schedule
Play-In Round – October 23 Conference
Quarterfinals – October 25-27 Conference
Semifinals – November 1-3
Conference Finals – November 8-10
USL Cup – November 14-18