AAF to revolutionize regular-season overtime

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In postseason play, the Alliance of American Football’s overtime procedures will match the NFL’s. In the regular season, the AAF’s overtime rules couldn’t be any more different.

The new league, which starts play this weekend, will consist of one round of first-and-goal opportunities from the 10. Each team gets a crack at scoring a touchdown, no field goals are permitted, and (as it will be for all AAF touchdowns) teams scoring touchdown may try two-point conversions only.

It’s a dramatic change, and it will result typically in much shorter extra sessions. But it also could result in plenty of ties.

If both teams fail to score a touchdown, tie. If both teams score a touchdown and convert the two-point conversion, tie. If both teams score a touchdown and fail to convert the two-point conversion, tie.

With only four games per week and 40 for the season, there may not be many overtime games at all. When they happen, they’ll be fascinating, they’ll move quickly, and they may leave that unsatisfying feeling of no one winning and no one losing far too often.

18 responses to “AAF to revolutionize regular-season overtime

  1. Still better than NFL rules. Why not just do it college-style. Keep going until someone wins. Tie after OT1? Go to commercial. Extra advertising revenue. Come back and do OT2. Keep going until someone is the winner. This seems pretty straight forward. Why doesn’t the NFL do it?

  2. This is the big solution? Are you serious? No Field goals at all? Is this bad reporting, bad grammar or a bad joke?

    No that’s only overtime.
    Many former NFL kickers are on rosters so there will be field goals in regulation.

  3. It really is a bit odd that a league that is trying very hard to eliminate the kickoff would start overtime periods with…a kickoff. It kinda does make morr sense to give each team direct possession in scoring range, as that has become more indicative of what the game is like nowadays than a kickoff.

  4. why change the rules in the playoffs from how you played the regular season? I understand it can’t end in a tie, but why completely change things? Just go until someone wins under the same rules as regular season OT. Matching the NFL OT rules is a fail.

  5. So this will benefit teams that are strong in red zone offense or defense. What about a team that allows a play here or there, but makes an offense string together enough plays to drive the length of the field.

    It’s fine how it is. Scoring in football is predicated on gaining posession of the ball via turnover, kickoff, or punt and matriculating the ball down the field (see what I did there) and scoring. Don’t make one set of rules for 60 minutes and another set just so the football scribes don’t have to stay up late on an overtime game.

    I was a huge NASCAR fan until they started coming up with gimmicks to “fix” perceived weaknesses in the race that only the commentators were complaining about. Now I can’t even stomach watching the 500. Don’t do this to the NFL.

  6. Personally I would preferred 15 minutes play til regular Q, if the NFL doesnt want these to happy often then teams will try 2s to end the game or loss it more often.
    option2
    add a 3 point XP – kicker tries it from 70yard FG or team get 1 shot to score from the 25 and D gets an extra defender.

  7. I wouldn’t mind this if they just played until the tie was broken. College overtime does not seem to take too long.

  8. The college rules are good for college. Enjoy them there.
    The AFF has their rules. Let’s see how they work there.
    Why do people hate variation so?
    Let the NFL have theirs.

    Though overall I don’t like having a variation within the game itself. I’ll favor OT rules that mimic most closely with the rules of regulation.
    I don’t even like that rules change under 2 minutes.

    NFL teams make choices on how they build their team. Some styles have a disadvantage when each team starts drives in scoring position. Do we want all NFL teams built the same?

  9. suchapaindude says:
    February 8, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    The college rules are good for college. Enjoy them there.
    The AFF has their rules. Let’s see how they work there.
    Why do people hate variation so?
    Let the NFL have theirs.

    Though overall I don’t like having a variation within the game itself. I’ll favor OT rules that mimic most closely with the rules of regulation.
    I don’t even like that rules change under 2 minutes.

    NFL teams make choices on how they build their team. Some styles have a disadvantage when each team starts drives in scoring position. Do we want all NFL teams built the same?
    …………………………………

    Amen, I ddon’t like variation either and don’t recognize the game as it is today (though I enjoy it). Give me the rules of the Ice Bowl era … the same ones we used in schools.

  10. Actually this is not true. If the first possession by both teams doesn’t break the tie, a second possession for both teams is held, then a third, and so on, until there either is a winner or the clock runs out (not sure if it’s 10 minutes or 15), in which case the team that is ahead wins, even if the number of completed possessions each team has had was not the same – and only if the game is tied when the clock expires does the game end in a tie.

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