Each year the National Football League concludes its season with the Super Bowl and for the next several months avid football fans are left searching for some form of an alternative.
Now those fans have a place to turn, the new Alliance of American Football.
The eight team league was founded by Hall of Famer Bill Polian and Charlie Ebersol.
While very similar to the American football fans have come to love over the almost 100 year, there are a few changes…
Players are signed to a three year contract worth $250,000 but will be allowed out for a move up to the NFL
The Alliance has a 10 game regular season and two playoff games
Along with the eight officials on the field, the AAF will have a sky judge in the press box to help omit errors and inconsistencies live not via the replay
There will be no kick offs in the AAF, after the coin toss or scores the ball will be placed on the 25
The play clock will be only 35 seconds instead of the 40 seconds in the NFL
While most of the games will be televised, there will be no TV timeouts and shorter commercial breaks
In the case of overtime, each team will get one possession with the ball on the 10 yard line; teams must go for a touchdown and a two point conversion – no field goals allowed
No onside kicks allowed, but inside five minutes left in the game a team may make an onside conversion if they are at least 17 points behind; the ball is placed on the 28 where the team msut complete a fourth and 12
Defensive rushing is also limited in the AAF
The inaugural championship game will be held at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas on April 27.
But the Alliance isn’t just about offering football fans some entertainment; it is an opportunity for players to show off their skills with a hope of landing a spot on an NFL team.
The Alliance of American Football teams:
San Diego Fleet
San Antonio Commanders
Salt Lake City Stallions
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