By BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The new Alliance of American Football will kick off this weekend without kickoffs.
There will be plenty of other differences between the latest football spring league and the NFL, including a SkyJudge who can instantly correct “obvious and egregious” officiating errors, like the one that marred the NFC Championship Game.
The biggest difference is the AAF’s decision to go without kickoffs as a nod toward player safety. There will still be a coin toss, and the team that gets the ball will simply start from its 25.
Instead of onside kicks, there will be an “onside conversion,” in which a team will have to convert a fourth-and-12 from its own 28 in order to get the ball.
The league’s goal is play games in 2 ½ hours.
Teams are located in San Diego, San Antonio, Atlanta, Orlando, Florida, Memphis, Birmingham, Salt Lake City and Tempe.