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AFL 101

  1. Super Bowl champion Derrick Brooks is president of the Tampa Bay Storm.
  2. Arena Football is the second longest running professional football league in the United States, after the National Football League.
  3. 2012 marked the silver 25th anniversary of the Arena Football League. To commemorate this milestone, the league will use a new color scheme on the football. The new dark leather design consists of a silver stripe and silver laces.
  4. The AFL season consists of 18 home games with nine games played at home, and nine games on the road.
  5. The Arena Football League was founded in 1987 by Jim Foster.
  6. The Arena Football League has its own section at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
  7. No team in AFL history has scored more than 100 points in a game.
  8. Goal posts are nine feet wide with a crossbar height of 15 feet. By comparison, NFL goalposts are 18.5 feet wide with a crossbar height of 10 feet.
  9. Players must continue advancing the ball downfield in the last minute of a game rather than taking a knee or other plays to exhaust the clock.
  10. A standard AFL game has four, 15-minute quarters with a 15-minute halftime.
  11. The clock stops for out-of-bounds plays, incomplete passes, or sacks only in the last minute of each half.
  12. Each team fields eight players at a time from a 21-man active roster.
  13. The field is heavily padded along the sidelines which are positioned on the hockey dasher boards.
  14. The standard AFL field is 85 feet wide and 200 feet long.
  15. Each defense features two linebackers called the Mac and the Jack. The Jack linebacker cannot rush the quarterback.
  16. One receiver is at full speed going vertically when he hits the line of scrimmage and the ball is snapped.
  17. The offense gets four downs to move the ball 10 yards or score a touchdown.
  18. Each touchdown is worth six points and the team can attempt an extra point.
  19. No punting is allowed in the AFL. If a team fails to get a first down, they must attempt a field goal.
  20. On field goal attempts, the defending team may return missed attempts that bounce off of the nets.
  21. The clock stops for any change in possession.
  22. Attempted passes that carom off the rebound nets and the padded walls surrounding the field of play are live and in play.
  23. The AFL play clock is 35 seconds, starting at the end of the previous play.
  24. In overtime, each team gets one possession to score. If no team is ahead, then sudden death rules apply.
  25. An AFL overtime period lasts 15 minutes.