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Five XFL & USFL League Rules Different Than The NFL.

After the Super Bowl, football fans can barely catch their breath before the XFL kicks off Saturday. On April 15, another spring league — the USFL — will kick off. Who knows if either league will be in business by May?

XFL and USFL rules differ from the NFL’s in some respects. Some spring league rules, such as the USFL’s three-point conversion possibility following a touchdown, are too gimmicky for the NFL to consider. These rules, though, should be examined closely by the NFL competition committee:

1. No touchbacks on offensive fumbles into opponent’s end zone

There’s a healthy debate among those in favor of the rule as is and those vehemently opposed to its existence. 

Under NFL rules, the offense maintains possession when an offensive player fumbles the ball out of bounds anywhere on the field except for the opponent’s end zone. When a fumble goes out of bounds in an opponent’s end zone, the play results in a turnover and touchback.

When this occurs in the XFL and USFL, the offense retains possession at the spot where the ball carrier fumbled, regardless of where the ball goes out of bounds.

While the NFL rule perfectly encapsulates the notion that football is a sport of inches, it’s lunacy for a different set of rules to apply solely because of where a fumble goes out of bounds.

2. Replay command center can overrule personal foul penalties

Countless NFL games are defined by controversial personal foul penalties. The XFL and USFL will allow their replay command centers to overrule those momentum-swinging penalties, including roughing the passer and grabbing the face mask.

3. Changes to pass interference penalty rules

Defensive pass interference penalties in the NFL are spot fouls, meaning that wherever the foul occurs is where the ball is placed on the next down. It’s a huge advantage for the offense. Games can take wild swings on pass interference calls on throws 40 yards or more downfield.

In the USFL, defensive pass interference is at-most a 15-yard penalty, with the caveat being defenders can’t outright tackle a receiver before he has a chance to make a catch. In that scenario, the penalty would be a spot foul. Like personal foul penalties, the final determination comes from the replay center.

4. Coaches can challenge fouls, non-fouls

After officials blew an obvious pass interference in the Rams-Saints NFC Championship Game in 2019,  the NFL experimented with allowing coaches to challenge plays that they believed a pass interference occurred but a flag wasn’t thrown. The league quickly did away with the rule, but NFL games are plagued by controversial calls (and non-calls) nearly every week.

The XFL is bringing back the old NFL experiment and expanding it. Coaches can challenge pass interference penalties and other fouls as well. Per the XFL’s official rulebook, “The Head Coach may challenge any on-field ruling including those involving a foul or potential foul.” Coaches get one challenge per game.

5. First-down technology

NFL officiating often takes too long, frustrating players and fans alike. The NFL’s archaic means of checking for first downs is one of the more absurd relics the league won’t let die. As the USFL showed last season, the future is here. You will love the technical way they measure for first downs.

Well, the XFL kicks off tomorrow and the USFl kicks off April 15th. Looking to get in the action? No better place to stop for XFL picks and 
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