It’s incredible how hardcore football fans always seem to want more. Even with the National Football League, Canadian Football League and college football, the constant need for more action has spawned a new league designed to help satisfy that need for more. In February of 2019, the Alliance of American Football league will kick off as the latest professional football venture in North America. Unlike basketball, hockey and baseball, the football season only lasts a handful of months. That has helped create the need for more action with a new league that begins right after the Super Bowl.
The Alliance of American Football will tap in to a massive player pool of talent that wasn’t able to secure jobs in either the NFL or the CFL following college. While the majority of their rules are similar to the NFL, the Alliance of American Football will also tweak certain rules to make their game a little more unique. Founded by Charles Ebersol, who is one of the most powerful men in television, there is no doubt that this league is designed to entertain. Here is a closer look at league and how to bet on it.
Betting On The Alliance of American Football
The best part about the Alliance of American Football for sports betting fans is that betting on this league will be very similar to betting on the NFL, CFL and college football.
When you look at the lines, you will see a money line option and a point spread option for every single game. When it comes to the money line bets, you might see odds like -200 or +150 to win the game outright. If you bet on a team that is -200, then you will need to risk $200 for a chance to win $100. If you bet on a team that is listed at +150, then you can risk $100 for a chance to win $150. Meanwhile, the point spreads will look the same as they do with NFL games. If the home team is listed at -7.5, then the visiting team in that matchup would be listed at +7.5. In order to win betting the home team on the point spread they would need to win by eight points or more. Meanwhile, if you bet on the visiting team then they only need to cover the seven point spread to be considered a winner.
In addition to those options, there will be at least a few sportsbooks that offer prop bets for the AAF action. It will also be interesting to see the range of futures bets that are offered by sportsbooks for the Alliance of American Football once the league arrives in February of 2019.
Alliance of American Football Teams
When the AAF launches, it will begin with eight teams. At this point, there have been four teams officially announced with another four teams still in development. One interesting note about what we know with these teams so far is that there is some impressive coaching talent already in place. Mike Martz, Brad Childress and Steve Spurrier are among the big names that are going to be on the Alliance of American Football sidelines when the league kicks off.
Each of the eight teams will have 50 players on its roster. When they begin, there will be a draft held with territorial rules in place that help decide where players end up. This will be the most interesting aspect of the league starting up as football fans wait to see which names end up entering the draft and which teams they end up on. Players are expected to sign three-year, non-guaranteed contracts worth $250K per year. It wouldn’t be a surprise if players that performed well in this league ended up moving on to the NFL. However, the league has established a decent pay structure to make sure they entice a strong group of talented individuals.
While we don’t know all eight teams just yet, here is what we do know about the four teams that have already been confirmed. Follow AAF on Twitter for the latest updates.
Stadium: Georgia State Stadium
Head Coach: Brad Childress
Stadium: Legion Field
Head Coach: Tim Lewis
Stadium: Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Head Coach: Mike Singletary
Stadium: Spectrum Stadium
Head Coach: Steve Spurrier
Stadium: Sun Devil Stadium
Head Coach: Rick Neuheisel
Alliance Salt Lake
Stadium: Rice-Eccles Stadium
Head Coach: Dennis Erickson
Alliance San Antonio
Head Coach Mike Riley
Alliance San Diego
Stadium: SDCCU Stadium
Head Coach: Mike Martz
While the basic rules of the Alliance of American Football game are very similar to the NFL, there are some major differences. The biggest difference is the fact that there will be no kickoffs. The league wants to make sure they protect their players and the easiest way to do that is to take away kickoffs. All halves, overtime periods and possessions will start on the team’s 25-yard lines barring a turnover situation.
Kicking will also be cut down after a score as there will be no extra-point kicks. Instead, every team will have to go for the two-point conversion after every touchdown.
In terms of the play clock, each play will have a 30-second clock, which is 10 seconds shorter than in the NFL. This decision should help speed up the pace of the game with more plays over the course of the game. The league is hoping to get the games finished in about 150 minutes. By lowering the amount of time on the clock in between plays, the Alliance of American Football will effectively get more plays in over a smaller amount of total game time.
While these basic rule changes have been announced, there is still plenty to sort out before the Alliance of American Football kicks off in February. We still don’t know how the playoff structure will look but it’s expected to be fairly standard based on the number of teams in the league. With the NFL season already winding down, football fans can already start counting down to the inaugural Alliance of American Football season in anticipation of more football beginning this upcoming February.