The XFL Kickoff and Punting Rules

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If you haven’t been watching the new XFL. You are missing out on some pretty exciting football. The XFL has instituted 2 new rules changes regarding kickoffs and punting.  

First of all on kickoffs, the kicker kicks from the 30-yard line and must kick the ball in the air and in play between the opponent’s 20-yard line and the end zone. The coverage team lines up on the return side 35-yard line and the return team lines up on the 30-yard line. Each team must have exactly 3 players outside the hash marks on both sides of the ball and cannot move until the ball is caught by the returner.

Out of bounds kicks and kicks that fall short of the 20-yard line will result in an illegal procedure penalty, taking the ball all the way out to the kicking team’s 45 yard line.

Players can move when the ball is touched by the returner or 3 seconds after the ball touches the ground.

If the ball is kicked into the end zone and is downed it is a “Major” touchback and the ball is placed at the return side 35-yard line. If the ball bounces in bounds and then out of the end zone or is downed in the end zone, the ball is placed at the return side 15-yard line.

If a player on the return team touches the ball and it goes out of bounds, the ball is spotted where it went out of bounds.

If a team wishes to run an onside kick, it must indicate this to the official before the play and the two teams will be permitted to line up using traditional NFL rules (i.e. 10 yards apart from the kicking team). There will be no surprise onside kicks.

Now on punts, the punting team cannot release past the line of scrimmage until the ball is kicked. Gunners must line up at the line of scrimmage and are permitted to move laterally once the ball is snapped until it is kicked..Defenders over the gunner cannot cross the line of scrimmage until the ball is kicked.

If the ball goes out of bounds inside the 35-yard line, it is a “Major” touchback and the ball goes to the 35-yard line. If a punted ball lands in the opponent’s end zone or goes out of the end zone the result is a “Major” touchback, and the ball goes out to the 35-yard line.

Fair catches are permitted. 

These rules can easly be adapted to your electric football game play making the special teams action more fun and exciting. Here are some XFL Kickoff and Punting rules 

NEFGM XFL Kicking and Punting Rules.

“The Kicking Game” Kick Placement Cards” Using these kicking cards can also be very useful in providing the distance for kickoffs and punts. They feature a distance for your kickoffs and punts and a placement to a particular area of the field where the returner may then begin the return of the ball.  They are an exclusive product of the NEFGM Store. They may be purchased below. 

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“The Kicking Game” Kick Placement Cards

Use these cards to perform the kicking actions of your game play. With this deck of 48 cards you can “Punt”, “Kickoff”, “Onside Kick” and “Punt from inside Midfield”. They may also be used to kick field goals. Pre-packaged in a convenient plastic storgage case. Price includes shipping.


Author: nefgm6

Founder and Curator - The National ELECTRIC FOOTBALL Game Museum

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