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5 reasons to give the Alliance of American Football a look

Leigh Copson 14 Feb 2019
(Photo: Alliance Of American Football/AAF.com)

The Alliance of American Football is here and if you did not give the rookie league a look on opening weekend, here are five reasons why you should definitely give the sport’s newest competition some of your time.

The AAF is made of eight teams, split into two conferences, and the debut season is scheduled to run for 12 weeks, with 10 weeks of regular season play determining the four teams that will make it through to the playoffs in April, with the Championship Game itself set for Saturday, April 27.

Games are played over the course of a Saturday and Sunday, with two match-ups taking place each day, and the first thing you will notice are some subtle rule differences to that of the NFL.

The big difference is that there are no kick-offs. Teams instead start from their own 25 yard line, while the absence of the onside kick means teams will instead have one opportunity to convert a 12-yard or bigger play from their own 28 yard line – a novel idea that could be revolutionary.

Also, there are no extra points in this competition, just two-point conversions, so if you are a Chicago Bears fan like me you don’t have to worry about your favourite AAF team’s kicker failing to convert. There are field goals however, so you may not be completely free of watching another Cody Parkey dash your hopes and dreams with a swing of his leg!

So with all of that out of the way, why should you tune in? Here are five reasons…

1) BIG HITS


One of the biggest criticisms of the NFL over the past couple of years have been the introduction of new rules that have made it harder and harder for defensive players to make plays. Flags have been flying for big hits constantly, but as this video from the San Antonio Commander’s game against San Diego Fleet shows, the AAF is going to “let ‘em play” as long as the hits are fair and clean!


2) TRICK PLAYS


Remember the ‘Philly Special’ when the Eagles won the Super Bowl? Remember those crazy trick plays Matt Nagy was sending in for the Chicago offense during his rookie season? Well, those crazy plays can be found in the AAF. It only took one week, but the Apollos have already provided fans with the ‘Orlando Special’.


3) BIG PLAYS ON OFFENSE


Of course the standard of play is not quite up to NFL levels, but that does not mean you will not see some spectacular plays in the Alliance of American Football. We saw plenty in Week 1 and none were better than this effort that saw Orlando Apollos quarterback Garrett Gilbert find D’Ernest Jackson for a big touchdown despite the driving rain and an impending big hit from a defensive lineman.


4) BIG PLAYS ON DEFENSE


Those big plays are not just limited to players on the offensive side of the football. There were some great moments from defenses on opening weekend, with this brilliant pick from San Antonio’s Zack Sanchez denying a surefire touchdown and wrapping up a win for the Commanders.


5) GREAT ATHLETICISM


Birmingham Iron’s Braedon Bowman showed hurdling team-mates is not just something you will see in the NFL, leaping over Memphis Express defender on his way to earning his team a first down.



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