XFL playoff schedule 2023: Full bracket, TV channels, start times for division semifinal games

By | April 22, 2023

Who’s ready for some playoff football?

The XFL’s relaunch season is already nearing a close, and a champion will be crowned three years after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the league’s initial relaunch.

The Defenders enter the playoffs with the XFL’s best record, while the Roughnecks finished at the top of the South division and will have home-field advantage in the semifinals.

No team is perfect, but D.C.’s combination of a terrific running game and impressive defense – along with a fan base that produces some of the best beer snakes in any sport – might make the Defenders the favorite.

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Here’s a complete look at the XFL playoff schedule, including TV channels and start times. 

XFL playoff bracket 2023

Below is the four-team playoff bracket for the XFL playoffs. Division title games will decide which two teams will play for the championship.

North division

(1) D.C. Defenders vs. (2) St. Louis Battlehawks OR Seattle Sea Dragons

South division

(1) Houston Roughnecks vs. (2) Arlington Renegades OR San Antonio Brahmas

XFL playoff schedule

Below is the full XFL playoff schedule:

Division championships

Saturday, April 29

Matchup Time (ET) TV Live stream
(1) Houston Roughnecks vs. (2) St. Louis Battlehawks/Seattle Sea Dragons 7 p.m. ESPN2 ESPN+, Fubo

Sunday, April 30

(1) D.C. Defenders vs. (2) Arlington Renegades/San Antonio Brahmas 3 p.m. ESPN ESPN+, Fubo

XFL Championship

Sunday, May 13

Matchup Time (ET) TV Live stream
North winner vs. South winner 8 p.m. ABC Fubo

The North and South division championship games will be played April 29 and 30 at the home sites of the regular-season division winners: the Roughnecks in Houston and the league-leading Defenders in Washington, D.C. 

The XFL Championship will be played on Sunday, May 13 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The game will air on ABC.