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XFL Rules Include 25 New Tweaks To The Game Of Football

ESPN’s Kevin Seifert got an early glimpse at the new XFL rule book coming out today. Most of the rules are similar to what fans see in a pro football or college game. There are around 25 new tweaks aimed at making the game run faster, have more exciting scoring and a focus on player safety.

Here are some high-level XFL Rules coming this season;

  • Kickoff designed to discourage touchbacks and increase the likelihood of a return
  • Players can’t leave the line of scrimmage on punts until after the kick.
  • Three options after scoring a touchdown, one, two or three-point conversions
  • A touchback will be spotted at the 35-yard line
  • A shootout-style overtime
  • Two forward passes on one play
  • Any punts that go into the end zone or out of bounds will be marked at the 35-yard line
  • Only one foot to be in bounds for possession
  • Nine officials on the field
  • Video official who can intervene on significant non-reviewable plays
  • Booth-initiated reviews
  • Offensive linemen can be up to two yards downfield when a pass is thrown
  • Running game clock
  • 10-minute halftime
  • Two timeouts per team per half
  • No coin tosses

We will have the entire XFL rulebook once the XFL releases it later today. Watch our XFL rule book recap on our LIVE YouTube show tonight at 8 pm EST. We look at the new XFL rules we like, and the new rules we don’t like.

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