The NFL is on break for seven long months after the Super Bowl on 3 February, which saw the Kansas City Chiefs defeat the San Francisco 49ers (31-20). As fans await the start of the regular season, they have the opportunity to discover, or rediscover, the XFL. The league, chaired by WWE President Vince McMahon, began in 2001 before being shut down in its first season. Its return in 2020 is a big success in the United States. Unlike the NFL, the XFL has different rules to reduce the length of matches and make them more dynamic for the enjoyment of fans.
Preserve the physical integrity of the players
American football is a very physical sport with rough contact that can cause concussions, especially in the NFL. In its little sister, the XFL, kickoffs give teams more time to receive the ball. Kickoffs are taken on the 25-yard line (35 in the NFL) so that touchback is difficult to achieve. The other specific rule is the placement of players. Players receiving the ball must place themselves on the 30 yard line. The opposing team will be allowed to move only when the ball is received. If this is not the case, you must wait three seconds after the ball hits the ground.
The onside kick, a kick to start or restart the game to the surprise of all, must be taken after notifying the other team of this intention.
On penalties, the XFL prohibits gunners. In the NFL, the Gunner is responsible for tackling the kick returner as quickly as possible. To avoid this high-speed contact, this rule has been removed. This being said, the rules of touchbak on kickoffs are well preserved by the XFL.
Time management is one of the main evolutions of the NFL. The clock is almost never stopped unless the ball changes hands. The play clock is 25 seconds, 15 less than in the NFL. The XFL has one time-out per m-time less than its big sister, 2 against 3.
Finally, the most amazing part of the game takes place on the edge of the field. During a touchdown, a reporter arrives directly on the field to interview the marker. A frantic race for information to allow an even greater immersion of the spectator. In addition, the referees and the players’ helmets are equipped with microphones. Thus, all conversations or tactics are audible. Differences that could make the XFL grow.