The revived XFL has unveiled the uniforms for all eight of their teams set to take the field during the upcoming 2020 season on the night of Tuesday, December 3rd. Here we take a look at the home and road sets for each of the teams.
The first the be unveiled was the DC Defenders, playing out of Washington’s Audi Field (also home to MLS club DC United). The Defenders uniforms are a basic red and white colour combo with no striping on the jerseys.
The XFL says the red is for the colour of the DC flag and “our Founding Fathers’ coat of arms” while the white represents the monuments of Washington.
A single lightning bolt is shown horizontally across each sleeve, a simplified version of the team’s logo (two crossed lightning bolts with three stars surrounding it) is placed at the front collar with the team’s wordmark logo reading “DEFENDERS” just below it. Numbers are a single-colour sans serif, player names as well. The XFL logo is worn as a patch on the upper left side of the jersey front. No manufacturer logo is visible.
Pants match the jersey colour for both the home and road set, there’s a thick stripe down each side of the pant leg with a lightning bolt starting at the waist and continuing down to around the knee. The XFL logo on the front of the right pant leg.
Helmets are red with a white facemask, single white stripe up the middle and the team’s logo in white on either side.
The Dallas Renegades, set to play at Globe Life Park, the former home of the Texas Rangers, will be wearing a mostly black uniform with a fair amount of light blue throughout.
At home, the jerseys are black with light blue shoulders and a red line on each sleeve; there’s also a single black stripe right at the end of the sleeve. The light blue continues down each side of the jersey from the armpit to just above the waist forming a triangle shape. Numbers are light blue with white trim, the team wordmark across the front collar.
On the road, the jerseys are white with black shoulders with a light blue stripe around the end of the sleeves. Like the home set, there’s a single red stripe on each sleeve and the shoulder colour (in this case, black) continues down the side to form a triangle under the armpit. Player numbers are light blue with black trim and the team wordmark is again under the front collar.
Pants for both sets match the jersey colour and feature a reverse stripe coming up from the bottom of the pants up to around the knee.
Helmets are a light blue shell with black facemask, a single black stripe up the middle and the team logo on either side.
When we saw the logo, we kinda hoped we’d get a Houston Oilers-inspired uniform. We didn’t. But hey, those are some Tennessee Titans-lookin’ numbers they got there, so let’s go ahead and call it a tribute anyways.
At home the Houston Roughnecks are wearing red jerseys with blue sleeves and a red star on each. The blue stripes continue down each side of the jersey and are also featured around the collar. Speaking of the collar, the team’s primary logo – an oil derrick in the shape of an “H” with a red star above – is there as a patch above the team’s wordmark. Numbers are blue with white trim and, as mentioned earlier, kinda remind me of the numbers worn by the Houston Oilers of 2019 — the Tennessee Titans. Player names are single-colour white.
On the road the Roughnecks are wearing grey jerseys with red sleeves/side stripes/collar and a blue star on each sleeve. Player numbers are blue with red trim and the player name on the back is blue.
Pants are grey with red/blue/red striping on the side when paired with the home reds and are blue with grey/red/grey stripes on the road.
The helmet has a grey shell with blue/white/red/white/blue striping down the middle and the primary logo on each side. Facemask is red.
LOS ANGELES WILDCATS
Playing out of Carson, California in the same stadium as the NFL’s Chargers, the LA Wildcats will wear black, red, and orange uniforms for their inaugural season in 2020.
For their home games, the Wildcats will be dressed in black with red sleeves and red stripes down each side of the jersey. The collar is also red and includes the team wordmark below. Player numbers are orange with red trim, names are in orange.
On the road, the Wildcats are in white with orange sleeves, a single black stripe at the cuff. Like the home set, the sleeve colour continues down the side of the jersey to the waist. The collar on the road jersey is black, as is the wordmark logo below it. Player numbers are red with orange trim, player name in black.
Pants are black at home, white on the road — both pants matching the jersey colours. They both incorporate a scratching design down the side of each pant leg, on the road whites this is enclosed within a wide black stripe that goes down the entirety of the leg.
The helmets carry on with the scratching theme, using it as the centre stripe in red on a black shell. The team logo is on either side in orange and red and the facemask is orange.
NEW YORK GUARDIANS
The New York Guardians, named for the gargoyle statues found on buildings who “guard” the city will wear black and grey uniforms with red elements.
At home, the uniforms are black with a grey/red/grey striping pattern on each shoulder, the team’s primary logo as a patch on the sleeve under the stripes. At the collar is the team’s alternate logo with their wordmark logo below in grey. Player numbers are grey with red trim and player names on the back are single-colour grey.
On the road it’s the same exact same design but with grey and black flipped. The jersey and pants are both grey with black/red/black striping on the shoulders. Pants match jersey colours for both and mimick the shoulder striping pattern down the side of each pant leg.
Helmets are black with a black facemask and no striping across the shell, instead the team’s primary logo encompasses each side entirely.
ST. LOUIS BATTLEHAWKS
The St Louis BattleHawks are going with a blue-and-silver look for home games while simplifying things a bit to just blue-and-white while on the road.
Their home royal blues have two swooping stripes on each sleeve, one silver and one navy blue, a single thin royal blue stripe right at the cuff. The collar is navy blue with no decoration aside from the team wordmark logo in silver just below. The player number is white with navy blue trim, names are single-colour white.
On the road, jerseys are white with royal blue and navy blue swooping stripes on the sleeves and a royal blue collar. Wordmark is, of course, there at the neck now in navy blue. Player numbers are royal blue with silver trim, names are navy blue.
Pants are silver at home, royal blue on the road. Both colours have double stripes down each pant leg, navy blue-royal blue on the silver pants and navy blue-white on the royal blue pants. Each stripe is of equal width.
The helmets are where the BattleHawks have some fun, in a style similar to the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles, the ‘Hawks have a wing on each side of the helmet and then a sword right down the middle which – when viewed all together – forms the team’s full primary logo of a sword in between two wings. Love this. Shell is royal blue, facemask is navy blue.
The Seattle Dragons will play their home games at CenturyLink Field, joining Los Angeles, New York, and Tampa Bay as teams to share their stadium with the local NFL team.
Seattle wears navy blue at home with green sleeves and a thin orange stripe on the shoulder, green striping continues down the side of the jersey. It’s the same jersey template as the Tampa Bay Vipers but in Dragons colours. Wordmark at the collar is orange, numbers are white with orange trim, player name is white.
On the road the Dragons wear white, the striping is identical in positioning and colours as their home jersey. Player numbers are orange with navy blue trim, names are in blue.
Pants are navy blue at home and white on the road to match their respective jerseys. Both have a stripe that curves and runs up from the bottom of the leg up to the waist tapering off as it goes higher.
Helmets have a white shell, the dragon from their primary logo coming up from the bottom of the helmet on either side. A single orange stripe starts thick at the face and continues getting gradually smaller until it forms a point near the back of the head. Facemask is green.
TAMPA BAY VIPERS
Well, I suppose every league needs its Seattle Seahawks, its Oregon Ducks, its… Arizona Diamondbacks? The Tampa Bay Vipers fill that role nicely for the XFL. With a colour scheme of green, brighter green, and gold, the Vipers are named for the snakes “that slithered out of prehistoric Gulf Coast swamps”.
At home, the Vipers are wearing re-coloured Seattle Dragons jerseys. They’re green jerseys with green pants, light (“action”) green sleeves, side stripes, and collar. There’s a single, thin gold stripe on each shoulder between the main body green and the lighter green on the sleeve. Player numbers are gold-trimmed in the lighter green and the team’s secondary logo – a snake’s head – is at the collar. No wordmark here! Breaking the mould we’d seen so far throughout the XFL.
For road games, it’s a little less jarring with white uniforms (they really could’ve gone gold here and it might not have been too bad), and green sleeves/side stripes. That same gold stripe seen on the home uniforms is here on the shoulders of the road. Player numbers are green with “action” green trim.
Pants are green at home and white on the road, both have thick striping that begins at the bottom and thins out as it moves up to the waist with thin gold piping running alongside.
The helmet is where I think they made a mistake, the shell is the lighter “action” green which might work okay with the home uniform but looks very out of place on the road whites which have hardly any “action” green outside the helmet. The dark green would have worked better here, in my opinion. Facemask is gold, the primary logo is on the sides, and there are two green stripes up the middle.
So that’s it! All of the new uniforms for the 2020 XFL season!
What do you think? Is it too “templatey” like most of these new leagues or did they do enough to give each team their own look? Let us know in the comments, oh, and don’t forget to vote for your favourite in the poll…