XFL partnering with NFL on new innovative opportunities including player safety, potential rule changes

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The XFL is expected to return to the field in 2023, but the league will be working together with the NFL on new innovation opportunities, including rules changes and the development of officials as part of a new partnership.


A general view of the NFL logo on the field is seen before the game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on Oct. 3, 2021 in Inglewood, California.
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Both the XFL and NFL released a joint statement on Monday with plans to expand the game of football and “create increased opportunities for player development” both on and off the field.

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 “We are extremely pleased to collaborate with the NFL in these important areas,” said Dany Garcia, Co-Owner and Chairwoman of the XFL. “We are bringing forward an XFL that is progressive and forward-thinking when it comes to innovation, leveraging the newest technology to enhance gameday experience.  We have an open field for innovative rules to enhance in-game access.  Sharing insights and practices between the XFL and NFL will do a tremendous amount of good for the game of football and support the player ecosystem overall.”

Other ideas may include international football development, scouting, officiating and testing different game rules for player protection and enhanced overall play with the inclusion of technology to make officiating much better.

Jacques Patrick #29 of the Tampa Bay Vipers carries the ball after scoring during the first quarter of an XFL game against the DC Defenders at Raymond James Stadium on March 1, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. 
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“The XFL has shown us that innovation is one of its core principles. We are hopeful that this relationship will support further development and improvements in the game of football at all levels,” said Troy Vincent, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations.

The XFL intends on returning in February 2023.

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