Key Points:

  • UFL introduces dynamic points after-touchdown options from the XFL for the 2024 season.
  • Kickoffs to adopt a more traditional style with a significant change, moving the kickoff line to the 20-yard line, reflecting USFL’s influence.
  • A novel alternate possession option in the fourth quarter allows a 4th-and-12 attempt from the 28-yard line for trailing or tied teams.

In the evolving landscape of Spring football, the United Football League (UFL) has announced a series of groundbreaking rules for its 2024 season, aimed at enhancing the game’s pace, excitement, and strategic depth.

By integrating innovative elements from the XFL and USFL, the UFL introduces a fresh approach to points after touchdowns, kickoffs, touchbacks, and possession options, alongside modifications to the game’s overtime format, catch definitions, and penalty enforcement.

These changes reflect the UFL’s commitment to delivering a dynamic and engaging football experience, balancing traditional aspects of the game with new strategies to keep fans on the edge of their seats.

This comprehensive guide explores the nuances of the UFL’s 2024 rules, offering insight into how each rule is set to impact the game.

The rules are available for download in PDF format: UFL Rules 2024

Points After Touchdown:

The UFL introduces a multi-tiered approach to scoring after touchdowns, offering teams three options based on scrimmage play. A successful play from the 2-yard line grants 1 point, from the 5-yard line awards 2 points, and from the 10-yard line yields 3 points.

This rule aims to inject strategic depth into scoring attempts, encouraging teams to weigh risk versus reward more heavily in their post-touchdown decisions.

Teams will have three scrimmage play (run/pass) options following a touchdown.

●      2-yard line = 1 point for a successful try

●      5-yard line = 2 points for a successful try

●      10-yard line = 3 points for a successful try


Adopting a traditional approach with a twist, kickoffs in the UFL will now originate from the 20-yard line of the kicking team. Furthermore, a kickoff that goes out of bounds without being touched gives possession to the receiving team 30 yards from the spot of the kickoff. This adjustment is designed to maintain the excitement of kickoffs while adapting the game for strategic positioning and safety. The UFL is not using the XFL’s kick off.

Touchback Rules:

For punts and kickoffs resulting in a touchback, the ball will be placed at the receiving team’s 25-yard line. This uniform approach to touchbacks aims to simplify possession changes and maintain game pace, reducing the variability and complexity associated with different touchback scenarios.

Alternate Possession Option:

A novel rule for the fourth quarter allows teams behind or tied to attempt to retain possession by completing a 4th-and-12 play from their own 28-yard line instead of opting for an onside kick. This rule introduces a significant strategic element late in the game, providing an alternative method for teams to mount comebacks or secure their lead.

Two Forward Passes:

Continuing from previous seasons, teams will be permitted to throw two forward passes in a single play, provided the ball does not cross the line of scrimmage before the second pass. This rule encourages creative playmaking and could lead to unexpected and thrilling moments during games.

Catch Definition:

The UFL clarifies that a catch or interception requires the player to secure control of the ball before it touches the ground and establish inbounds contact with both feet or any body part other than the hands. This definition aims to reduce ambiguity and disputes over possession calls.

Defensive Pass Interference:

Penalties for defensive pass interference will be 15 yards or a spot foul if the infraction occurs less than 15 yards downfield. Intentional interference beyond 15 yards results in a spot foul, aiming to discourage defensive players from committing egregious penalties to prevent long gains.

Replay Reviews:

The officiating department can review plays at any point before the next play begins, provided there’s evidence of a significant error with a direct impact on the game. This rule ensures game integrity and fairness, allowing for the correction of potentially game-altering officiating mistakes.

Coach Challenges:

Coaches may challenge any ruling once per game, as long as they have a timeout remaining. A successful challenge won’t cost the challenging team a timeout, promoting strategic use of challenges without unduly penalizing teams for contesting potentially incorrect calls.

Overtime Format:

The UFL’s new overtime format is designed to enhance competitiveness and ensure a swift conclusion to games that extend beyond regulation time. By allowing teams alternating attempts from the opponent’s 5-yard line, the league aims to focus on skillful execution under pressure. This rule could significantly impact how teams prepare for potential overtime scenarios, emphasizing red zone efficiency and defense.

List Of Each UFL Rule

  • Points After Touchdown: Three options for scoring following a touchdown, varying in points based on distance.
  • Kickoffs: Adjusted to start from the 20-yard line of the kicking team, with specific rules for out-of-bounds kicks.
  • Touchback Rules: Standardized placement at the receiving team’s 25-yard line for all touchbacks.
  • Alternate Possession Option: Fourth quarter option for a 4th-and-12 play from the team’s own 28-yard line as an alternative to onside kicks.
  • Two Forward Passes: Allows two forward passes in a single play, provided the ball doesn’t cross the line of scrimmage before the second pass.
  • Catch Definition: Specifies requirements for a completed catch or interception to ensure clarity and fairness.
  • Defensive Pass Interference: Detailed penalties for defensive pass interference to discourage deliberate fouls and ensure game fairness.
  • Replay Reviews: Comprehensive system for reviewing plays to correct potential officiating errors.
  • Coach Challenges: Allows each coach one challenge per game, with no timeout loss for successful challenges.
  • Overtime Format: Introduces a best-of-three attempts from the opponent’s 5-yard line to determine the game winner in overtime.

The UFL’s 2024 rules reflect a deliberate effort to enhance the game’s excitement, fairness, and strategic complexity. By adopting and adapting rules from the XFL and USFL, the UFL positions itself as a forward-thinking league that values innovation, competition, and the fan experience. As the league continues to evolve, these rules could significantly influence the future of professional football, shaping the way the game is played and experienced by fans worldwide.

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Mark Perry Editor
Mark Perry, a devoted sports journalist and founder of UFL News Hub, has been a key figure in XFL, USFL and UFL coverage since 2018.


  • Posted February 15, 2024 3:47 pm 0Likes
    by Aaron Gonzalez

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