The uniforms and logos are glossy, and the tempo of play of the brand new league must be environment friendly, too.
The Alliance of American Soccer, a brand new skilled soccer league, kicks off its inaugural season in 2019, with all eight groups debuting after months of assembling rosters crammed with blast-from-the-past gamers and coaches. Purposefully scheduled throughout the NFL’s offseason, the league hopes to draw soccer followers keen to show their obsession right into a year-round exercise.
Sporting Information has assembled all the data you might want to comply with the Alliance of American Soccer in its first season, together with a full weekly TV schedule, team-by-team rosters and a information to clarify the primary guidelines distinction from the NFL.
Alliance of American Soccer 2019 schedule
CBS will carry opening weekend of the AAF for nationwide audiences. One recreation per week within the following 9 weeks of the common season will likely be broadcast on CBS Sports activities Community. NFL Community, in the meantime, will carry two video games per week. TNT will present Salt Lake at Birmingham in Week 2. Video games may also be stay streamed on fuboTV (7-day free trial).
Right here is the total common season schedule breakdown:
|San Diego at San Antonio||Sat, Feb 09||Eight p.m. ET||CBS/ fuboTV (regional)|
|Atlanta at Orlando||Sat, Feb 09||Eight p.m. ET||CBS/ fuboTV (regional)|
|Memphis at Birmingham||Solar, Feb 10||Four p.m. ET||CBSSN/ fuboTV|
|Salt Lake at Arizona||Solar, Feb 10||Eight p.m. ET||NFL Internet/ fuboTV|
|Salt Lake at Birmingham||Sat, Feb 16||2 p.m. ET||TNT/fuboTV|
|Arizona at Memphis||Sat, Feb 16||Eight p.m. ET||NFL Internet/fuboTV|
|Orlando at San Antonio||Solar, Feb 17||Four p.m. ET||CBSSN/fuboTV|
|Atlanta at San Diego||Solar, Feb 17||Eight p.m. ET||NFL Internet/fuboTV|
|Arizona at Salt Lake||Sat, Feb 23||Three p.m. ET||B/R Reside|
|Memphis at Orlando||Sat, Feb 23||Eight p.m. ET||NFL Internet/fuboTV|
|Birmingham at Atlanta||Solar, Feb 24||Four p.m. ET||CBSSN/fuboTV|
|San Antonio at San Diego||Solar, Feb 24||Eight p.m. ET||NFL Internet/fuboTV|
|Orlando at Salt Lake||Sat, Mar 02||Four p.m. ET||B/R Reside|
|San Diego at Memphis||Sat, Mar 02||Eight p.m. ET||NFL Internet/fuboTV|
|San Antonio at Birmingham||Solar, Mar 03||Four p.m. ET||CBSSN/fuboTV|
|Atlanta at Arizona||Solar, Mar 03||Eight p.m. ET||NFL Internet/fuboTV|
|Orlando at Birmingham||Sat, Mar 09||2 p.m. ET||B/R Reside|
|Salt Lake at San Diego||Sat, Mar 09||Eight p.m. ET||NFL Internet/fuboTV|
|Memphis at Atlanta||Solar, Mar 10||Four p.m. ET||CBSSN/fuboTV|
|San Antonio at Arizona||Solar, Mar 10||Eight p.m. ET||NFL Internet/fuboTV|
|Memphis at Salt Lake||Sat, Mar 16||Four p.m. ET|
|Arizona at Orlando||Sat, Mar 16||Eight p.m. ET|
|San Antonio at Atlanta||Solar, Mar 17||Four p.m. ET|
|Birmingham at San Diego||Solar, Mar 17||Eight p.m. ET|
|Orlando at Atlanta||Sat, Mar 23||Three p.m. ET|
|Salt Lake at San Antonio||Sat, Mar 23||Eight p.m. ET|
|San Diego at Arizona||Solar, Mar 24||Four p.m. ET|
|Birmingham at Memphis||Solar, Mar 24||Eight p.m. ET|
|Orlando at Memphis||Sat, Mar 30||2 p.m. ET|
|San Diego at Salt Lake||Sat, Mar 30||Eight p.m. ET|
|Atlanta at Birmingham||Solar, Mar 31||Four p.m. ET|
|Arizona at San Antonio||Solar, Mar 31||Eight p.m. ET|
|Memphis at San Antonio||Sat, Apr 06||Four p.m. ET|
|San Diego at Orlando||Sat, Apr 06||Eight p.m. ET|
|Salt Lake at Atlanta||Solar, Apr 07||Four p.m. ET|
|Birmingham at Arizona||Solar, Apr 07||Eight p.m. ET|
|San Antonio at Salt Lake||Fri, Apr 12||Eight p.m. ET|
|Atlanta at Memphis||Sat, Apr 13||Eight p.m. ET|
|Birmingham at Orlando||Solar, Apr 14||Three p.m. ET|
|Arizona at San Diego||Solar, Apr 14||Eight p.m. ET|
What’s the Alliance of American Soccer?
The AAF is a brand new league established as an offseason complement to the NFL slightly than a direct competitor. It contains a algorithm aimed toward eliminating pointless breaks within the motion — reminiscent of TV timeouts — to create a extra fluid recreation. Rosters of the eight-team league function former faculty stars and NFL blasts from the previous, and entrance places of work embody acquainted names to hardcore soccer followers.
The league, based by former Indianapolis Colts government Invoice Polian, pays each participant the identical three-year, non-guaranteed $250,000 contract with built-in bonuses for assembly efficiency objectives.
Its playoff format options Jap and Western convention championship video games earlier than a league title recreation on Saturday, April 27.
Alliance of American Soccer guidelines vs. NFL
- Quite than kicking additional factors, groups will likely be required to aim two-point conversions.
- There aren’t any kickoffs. As a substitute, groups will begin with the ball at their very own 25-yard line.
- As a result of the elimination of kickoffs takes away the potential for an onside kick, the AAF has created the “onside conversion,” which provides a workforce a fourth-and-12 scenario by itself 28. If the strive is profitable, the workforce retains the ball and continues its drive. Onside conversion makes an attempt are solely permitted if a workforce is trailing by 17 factors or there’s 5 minutes or much less left within the fourth quarter.
- Defenses are restricted to 5 pass-rushers on any given play, and they don’t seem to be allowed to blitz gamers from the secondary.
- There aren’t any TV timeouts and fewer industrial breaks total.
- Every workforce could have two challenges.
Notable coaches, gamers within the Alliance of American Soccer
Michael Vick is the offensive coordinator within the metropolis he turned arguably essentially the most electrical dual-threat quarterback in NFL historical past. Former faculty quarterbacks Aaron Murray and Denard Robinson headline the Legends offense, whereas a lot of native favorites like T.J. Barnes, Brandon Watts, KeShun Freeman and Corey Griffin lead the protection.
Former NFL first-round draft decide Trent Richardson is essentially the most recognizable member of the Iron. The one-time Alabama working again averaged simply 3.Three yards per carry within the NFL, although he did amass 19 all-purpose touchdowns in his 4 years within the league. At 28 years outdated, Richardson ought to nonetheless have loads within the tank to supply to the Iron.
Corridor of Fame linebacker and former NFL head coach Mike Singletary will coach the Specific. He’ll have two quarterbacks who as soon as appeared able to NFL success in former Penn State signal-caller Christian Hackenberg and former LSU passer Zach Mettenberger. Zac Stacy, who discovered some success in 2013 with the St. Louis Rams, will anchor Memphis’ backfield.
Legendary coach Steve Spurrier will lead the Apollos, who’ve a roster loaded with expertise from the state of Florida. Former Gators quarterback Austin Appleby will get time below middle for the Apollos, whereas former Seminoles defensive lineman Jacob Pugh is predicted to contribute on the opposite aspect of the ball.
Led by former faculty soccer coach Rick Neuheisel, the Hotshots will depend on recognizable NCAA standout Trevor Knight on offense. Defensive again Rahim Moore, who was a second-round select of school and performed for Neuheisel at UCLA, will likely be a key half a unit with a robust Pac-12 taste.
Dennis Erickson , a soccer lifer who sooner or later in all probability coached a school or professional group close to you, is the top coach of the Stallions. Former Minnesota Vikings working again Matt Asiata will likely be in Salt Lake’s backfield, whereas fellow Utah grad Kaelin Clay will play as a large receiver. Including to the local-themed roster, former BYU defenders Good-looking Tanielu and Micah Hannemann will star on the opposite aspect of the ball.
Probably the most notable identify San Antonio affords is Mike Riley, who coached Oregon State and Nebraska this previous decade. There are additionally in-state grads like Kenneth Farrow (Houston), Aaron Inexperienced (TCU) and Trey Williams (Texas A&M).
Mike Martz — the offensive guru earlier than all offensive gurus — will head the Fleet. Martz may not have the weapons he as soon as had because the coach of a St. Louis Rams workforce with Kurt Warner, Torry Holt, Isaac Bruce and Marshall Faulk, however he ought to nonetheless have some fascinating items to work with. Colorado’s Nelson Spruce posted two 1,000-yard seasons in faculty, and tight finish Gavin Escobar performed a number of seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. Pittsburgh Steelers nice Troy Polamalu is the Fleet’s head of participant relations.