As you would imagine the AAF and NFL have a lot of the same rules in place. The majority of the game is the sport we’ve all known and loved for decades upon decades but their are a few changes that at the very least are an intriguing proposition.

The below rules are differences between the NFL and AAF.

  • Teams will have 50 players on each roster, with some selected by a territorial draft. The territory assigned to a team consists of at least five colleges plus designated professional teams, one Canadian Football League, and four NFL teams, for those from Big Ten and the Big 12 conferences. Only one quarterback can be taken from their region.
  • Telecasts will feature no television timeouts and 60 percent fewer commercials, with the league aiming for an approximate real-time game length of 150 minutes, down from just over 180 in the NFL.
  • All teams must attempt two-point conversions after each touchdown; there will be no extra point kicks.
  • There will be no kickoffs; halves, odd overtime periods and after scores will begin on each team’s own 25-yard line, the same as touchbacks in the NFL and NCAA. In lieu of an onside kick, a team can keep possession of the ball by attempting a scrimmage play from their own 35-yard line and gaining at least 10 yards.
  • The play clock will run only 30 seconds, 10 seconds shorter than in the NFL
  • Two coaches challenges per team are the only replays; no challenges in the last two minutes of either half nor any overtime period, as they are automatic.
  • Outside organizations will handle head-safety protocols
  • Playoffs will consist of four teams, the top two teams from each conference.

A lot of these changes were made with safety in mind. Former Steelers wideout, Hines Ward had this to say on the matter –

“Player safety, that’s top priority. I mean, that’s something we want to bring to our league,”  Ward said. “Not only just help them while they’re playing but also helping them when their careers are over. I mean we’re — off the field we’re setting up scholarships for players and also having some financial internships and really get them financial counseling.”

Check out our guides on the AAF (Part 1) and Read our breakdown to help you find a team to support in the AAF.