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XFL Rule Changes


The XFL, made a few rule changes to the professional rule book to spice up their games. The majority of the new rule were very noticeable..

  • There is no coin toss to determine which team will get the ball first. Instead of the coin toss, the action in the XFL will start before the game even kicks off. Player from each team will line up on the 35-yard line. The referee will blow the whistle and each player will dash to the 50-yard line where a ball will be placed. The team that recovers the ball has the choice to kick or receive.
  • There is no coin toss to determine which team will get the ball first. Instead of the coin toss, the action in the XFL will start before the game even kicks off. Player from each team will line up on the 35-yard line. The referee will blow the whistle and each player will dash to the 50-yard line where a ball will be placed. The team that recovers the ball has the choice to kick or receive.
  • Returning teams must run kickoffs back out of the end zone, unless the kick goes through the end zone.
  • The extra point will either be pass or run attempted only after a touchdown. The ball spotted on the 2-yard line. Eliminating the extra-point attempt by the kicker.
  • Receivers needed only one foot inbounds for a pass reception.
  • Defensive players may use bump-and-run tactics on offensive players down the field. Changed back to NFL rule eliminating the bump-and-run only after 4 weeks.
  • Teams have 35 seconds to get a play off after previous play is ruled dead and 25 seconds following any clock stoppage.
  • Quarterbacks who slide can be downed just by contact and can't be hit.
  • No in the grasp rule, the play stops when forward progress is halted.
  • College football overtime system was used. In overtime, each team will have at least one possession, a maximum of four downs from the opposition's 20-yard line, unless a defensive touchdown is scored on the first possession. However, if the first team scores a touchdown in fewer than four downs, the second team only gets that many plays to respond.
  • Offensive back is allowed in motion toward line of scrimmage before ball is snapped.
  • No fair catches are permitted, but the returning player is granted a 5-yard protected halo where a member of the kicking team may not encroach until the ball is touched. The kicking team may not cross the line of scrimmage until the ball is punted. At the same time, any punt traveling more than 25 yards past the line of scrimmage is a live ball and can be recovered by either team.