Rocket League Championship Series Season 8 Announced: Everything to know about the upcoming RLCS and RLRS seasons

Psyonix announced details for the upcoming eighth season of the RLCS and fifth of the RLRS.

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Psyonix officially announced Season 8 of the RLCS and have made some big improvements to the Rocket League Rivalry Series.  Psyonix has teased the prize pool, making sweeping changes to the RLRS qualification process, and has shown off some key dates for the RLCS and RLRS this year! So far, Psyonix has not teased/announced their finals location, but they teased more announcements in the future. 

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RLRS reloaded

The Rival series has long been the "second tier" of Rocket League competition, but it was not viable for a long term stay because of how volatile the qualification process was. This year, Psyonix is making sweeping changes to improve the viability of becoming a RLRS team for more than one season. 

The big ticket change is adding two more slots to increase the RLRS to ten teams total. Every season there is a big name snub from the RLRS, and adding two more slots only improves the league. The second big change was adding six permanent RLRS spots for teams to attain. This should incentivize teams to not have rostermania after an RLRS season, and hopefully see teams stick together and improve rather than look for cheap upgrades. 

Dates to know

Psyonix revealed some key dates in their opening tease, and those include Rival and RLCS season dates, qualifiers, and signup dates. Unlike Fortnite, the age to play professional RL stays at 15 years old, and OCE/South America dates have yet to be announced. 


  • Now through August 26 - 12:00 p.m. PDT / 7:00 p.m. UTC

North American Qualifiers

  • August 31 - 10 a.m. PDT

  • September 14 - 10 a.m. PDT

  • September 17 - 3 p.m. PDT

  • September 21 - 10 a.m. PDT

European Qualifiers

  • September 1 - 11 a.m. UTC

  • September 15 - 11 a.m. UTC

  • September 18 - 4 p.m. UTC

  • September 22 - 11 a.m. UTC

Rival Series Play-Ins

  • North America - September 28

  • Europe - September 29

RLCS League Play Begins

  • North America - October 5

  • Europe - October 6

Rival Series League Play Begins

  • Europe - October 11 10 a.m. PDT / 5 p.m. UTC

  • North America - October 11 4 p.m. PDT / 11 p.m. UTC

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Ezekiel Carsella

My name is Ezekiel Carsella and I am the Senior Rocket League Writer here at RealSport who is heavily invested in esports and traditional sports. I am a big fan of my National Champion Clemson Tigers, 27 time World Series winning New York Yankees, PSG, and two time Super Bowl champions Baltimore Ravens.