AFL will not return to Ironman rules
Wednesday September 12, 2012
CHICAGO – Arena Football League owners are currently meeting in Phoenix to discuss a series of potential rule changes at the League’s annual meetings.
Among the items discussed has been the possibility of returning to “Ironman Football” for the 2013 season. However, after taking into consideration fan influence, coach and player input, and the evolution of the game, the decision was made to continue with free substitution. While players will continue to be allowed to play multiple positions, the League will not return to Ironman rules in 2013.
One change that will be implemented is a return to five-man officiating crews. The League will utilize one referee, an umpire, line judge, side judge and back judge.
The League also set the dates for free agency. The AFL’s exclusive period will begin on Monday, October 15. At that time, players will be able to sign contracts to remain with their 2012 teams. On Monday, October 29, the exclusive period will end and all uncontracted players will become unrestricted free agents able to sign with any AFL team.
Multi-year contracts for coaches and exhibition games in China are among the topics that will be discussed on Wednesday.