What To Know: Alliance of American Football

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With football headlines focusing on the NFL playoff push and NCAA playoff implications, a refreshing break comes in the form of the newly formed Alliance of American Football league. Unfortunately, the endless loop of the former has severely drowned out the impressive accomplishments of the AAF. For instance, the AAF held its first annual Protect or Pick QB Draft on November 27th (you can view the results HERE), and they released the 2019 schedule on October 16th (schedule HERE).

This league has substantial potential, with former players Hines Ward, Troy Polamalu, Jared Allen, and Justin Tuck on the leadership staff, and Bill Polian as a co-owner. Chances are, you might not know any of that, and more, the numerous differences that will distinguish the AAF from the NFL.

Below, I aim to highlight some of those changes to prepare you for the upcoming season, which begins February 9th, 2019.

Kicking Changes

There will be two changes to the kicking game in the AAF. One seems to be dedicated to fan interest and one that aims to improve players safety.

The first, there are to be no more extra points. That’s right, the new look of the Alliance of American Football will require a two-point conversion attempt following touchdowns. The ball is set at the two-yard line (same as the NFL). While this may not seem like an incredible amount of added entertainment, especially since the PAT in the NFL is no longer a gimme, at face value, two-point conversions have become increasingly innovative.

I think it will force teams to become creative in formations and execution, thus providing the fanbase with endless opportunities to create fun gifs and upload them on twitter!

The second change is the elimination of the kickoff. The ball will be placed at the 25-yard line to begin each new possession. One of my favorite rules comes on the “onside kick” side of this rule. The losing team will receive the ball on their 35-yard line, facing 4th and 10.

I love this change. Not only does it largely improve player safety, on arguably one of the most dangerous plays in football, but it drastically improves the overall fan experience by creating a better chance of converting. There is just something about seeing your team in a 4th and 10 with everything on the line, that will make football fans lose their collective minds. An improvement to crossing your fingers and hoping for a lucky bounce. This way, the fan’s team has the outcome in their hands, convert or don’t, luck will have little to do with it. 

Clock/Game Speed

Another fantastic approach to fan engagement, the AAF will bring efforts to create fewer “lulls” in action. One of those ways is by shortening the play clock to 30 seconds as opposed to 40 seconds.  This is intended to create less downtime between plays, which should result in more action and less eating into the clock.

A sure fan favorite of the AAF, eliminating TV timeouts! “The game will only stop when it naturally stops,” said Ebersol, CEO, and co-founder of AAF. Fans rejoice at the end of commercial, punt, commercial, play, commercial, play….well you get the picture. The overall goal is to complete games in under 150 minutes.

Fan Engagement Bonus

While I am unable to find out exactly what this means, the AAF is striving for massive fan engagement. Going so far as to offer bonuses for “fan engagement.” I am unclear if this is for individual players or the team in total, but one thing that I have been able to dig up is the AAF will have its own app that will allow fans to stream games and potentially play fantasy football. 

 

 

The opportunity is there for the AAF to take root, relieving football’s fanbase of the dreaded offseason. You will be able to catch the games on CBS, with one regular-season Alliance game being exclusively aired on CBS Sports Network each week. 

Again, the start date for the AAF is February 9th, one week after the Superbowl! See you there!

 

11 thoughts on “What To Know: Alliance of American Football

  1. Sad to see one of the more exciting aspects of the game eliminated, that being a kickoff run back going for long runs . With new changes why not spot the underdog a couple of td,s as well to add to the incentive for their opposition to win.
    Thought this was going to be football as we know, just have to see how it plays out before I purchase season tickets again for next year and after.

    1. It is a bummer that the kickoff has been eliminated, but with the new kickoff spot, returns are hard to come by anyway. Will be interesting to see how it all works out. Thank you for the comment!

  2. Can’t wait to see my nephew play again. He is a very talented player, for the love of the game, he’s lived and breathed football his entire life!

    1. What team is your nephew on!? Very exciting stuff, and so glad to see young men get their shot! Thanks for the comment!

  3. Hello how do my Son send you all his Flim? He went to the combine in August did great 👍🏾 but haven’t heard nothing from none of the 8Teams.. why and how is that, now they have a tryout in Memphis on the 8th, and that cost 90.00 🤔 question why aren’t they reaching out to these guys that participated in your combine, that cost 180.00 $ plus airfare, come to find out that they were only picking guys from colleges & those that make the NFL, as well as X -NFL players🤔 can someone tell us how he can get him film out to these GM.

    1. Hello,

      We have no affiliation with the AAF, outside of independent coverage for media purposes. With that said, you may be able to contact the football department of the league by email at fb@aaf.com. I do wish him the best of luck in his endeavor to make a team, and look forward to seeing him play!

    1. I wouldn’t be overly surprised if this eventually happens in the NFL. A game can turn around quickly on a long kickoff return or TD, so it is sad to see that aspect of the game being fazed out.

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