RLCS Season 9

RLCS Season 9 announced, begins league play in February 2020

December 13, 2019 - 21:12
Rocketeers / RLCS /

We’re not even done with Season 8 yet, but today at the Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) World Championship in Madrid, Psyonix announced that RLCS Season 9 will begin early in 2020.

Sign-ups for the Rival Series open qualifiers have started now, and it won’t be long before action gets underway. According to the official rules, open qualifiers will take place on January 18, 20, 22, and 25 ahead of the play-in tournament on February 1.

Also on February 1? The start of the first weekend of RLCS Season 9 league play. The season will span eight weeks now to accommodate the expanded pool of 10 teams, and the final weekend will take place on March 21-22. Rival Series play, meanwhile, will start on February 7 and last until March 27.

The RLCS Season 9 regional championships will take place on March 28-29, with the promotion tournament on April 11-12. This time around, the 10th-place team in the RLCS will automatically be relegated to the Rival Series, while the 1st-place Rival Series team will be added to the RLCS. The 8th/9th-place RLCS teams and 2nd/3rd-place Rival Series teams will compete in the promotion tournament in North America and Europe.

That schedule should then put the RLCS Season 9 World Championship near the start of May, but the dates have not yet been announced. Stay tuned to Rocketeers for our coverage of the Season 8 World Championship this weekend, along with any other Season 9 news that emerges!

Andrew is the Lead Editor of Rocketeers, and has been covering Rocket League esports since RLCS S1 for publications such as Red Bull Esports, Esports Insider, The Esports Observer, and Waypoint. He is also currently the Content Lead for The Esports Journal magazine and has written about games, gadgets, etc. for 100+ publications since 2006.