Everything You Need To Know About The Alliance of American Football

Everything You Need To Know About The Alliance of American Football

The first weekend of the new Alliance of American Football kicked off as a huge success and it promises to cure your football blues until NFL football comes back. Here’s everything you need to know about the AAF.

The Alliance of American Football

The newly minted Alliance of American Football (AAF) kicked off last Saturday to a roaring success. In fact, more people tuned into the debut game than to the Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA match.

And, based on the early reactions of people that watched the initial games, the AAF might be here to stay (at least until NFL football comes back).

The league got its start with eight teams that compete in a 10-week season. The team’s lineups are mostly made up of former pros and college football standouts.

The AAF is divided into two conferences:

Eastern Conference: Atlanta Legends, Birmingham Iron, Memphis Express, Orlando Apollos

Western Conference: Arizona Hotshots, Salt Lake Stallions, San Antonio Commanders, San Diego Fleet

While the rules are pretty much the same as in the NFL, there are some changes that should be interesting such as the absence of kickoffs and extra points. Instead, teams will start with the ball at the 25-yard line at the start of a half or after a score, and two-point conversions being the norm following every touchdown.

Something which Saints’ fans will surely appreciate, is the presence of a ninth official who will be in charge of viewing real-time replays and the power to call penalties the refs might have “overlooked”.

The good news for football fans already aching from the lack of their weekly fix during the NFL offseason is that we’ve already seen some bone-crunching plays in the initial games that you would never see in the NFL.

But, whether or not the AAF takes hold of football fans across the world is another matter altogether. One could only hope the games will show us something we’ve never seen before.

Teams of The Alliance of American Football

Arizona Hotshots

Home stadium: Sun Devil Stadium

Head coach: Rick Neuheisel

Key players: Trevor Knight (QB), Josh Huff (WR), Freddie Martino (WR)

Salt Lake Stallions

Home stadium: Rice-Eccles Stadium

Head coach: Dennis Erickson

Key players: Josh Woodrum (QB), Matt Asiata (RB), Kenny Bell (WR)

Orlando Apollos

Home stadium: Spectrum Stadium

Head coach: Steve Spurrier

Key players: Garrett Gilbert (QB), Austin Appelby (QB), De'Veon Smith (RB)

San Antonio Commanders

Home stadium: Alamodome

Head coach: Mike Riley

Key players: Logan Woodside (QB), Marquise Williams (QB), David Cobb (RB)

Atlanta Legends

Home stadium: Georgia State Stadium

Head coach: Kevin Coyle

Key players: Matt Simms (QB), Denard Robinson (RB), Younghoe Koo (K)

San Diego Fleet

Home stadium: SDCCU Stadium

Head coach: Mike Martz

Key players: Alex Ross (QB), Ja'Quan Gardner (RB)

Memphis Express

Home stadium: Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium

Head coach: Mike Singletary

Key players: Christian Hackenberg (QB), Zach Mettenberger (QB), Zac Stacy (RB)

Birmingham Iron

Home stadium: Legion Field

Head coach: Tim Lewis

Key players: Luis Perez (QB), Blake Sims (QB), Trent Richardson (RB), Chris Davis (DB), Nick Novak (K)