Another new professional football league will start next February, getting a head start on the XFL

Spring football is returning — and sooner than we thought.

The Alliance of American Football league was announced Tuesday and will debut on Feb. 9, 2019, a week after Super Bowl LIII and at least a year before the XFL resurfaces sometime in 2020.

Charlie Ebersol — whose father, Dick Ebersol, founded the original XFL with WWE’s Vince McMahon almost two decades ago — created the new league along with Pro Football Hall of Fame member Bill Polian, formerly NFL general manager and currently an ESPN analyst.