The NFL season just ended with the Bucs’ Super Bowl victory, but that doesn’t mean it’s the end of football season.
Just like the two previous years, a new football league kicks off the week after the end of the NFL season. Two years ago it was the American Football Alliance and last year it was the XFL. Both leagues have withdrawn prematurely (for various reasons), but the fan-controlled Football League is hoping to be successful. And given the difference in their goals, there’s a good chance they’ll see that success.
The fan-controlled football league is exactly what it looks like, and probably more than you might think. The fans basically control every aspect of this league. Ahead of the season, fans voted on rule changes, uniforms, draft and more. Perhaps the most exciting aspect of this league is the fact that fans can call the games on the pitch as well.
There are a number of changes in this league from what you typically see in a soccer league, and we’ll get to that in more detail below.
“We’re building something new, fresh and different, and we felt like if it could break the mold, it would reset expectations,” said Sohrob Farudi, CEO of FCF tell USA Today. “So they could come and say, ‘Hey, I’m not even going to compare this to what I watch on Sunday because it’s a whole new sport. “”
It really is a whole new sport. Let’s see why.
What is fan-controlled football?
Fan-controlled football is a new league that empowers the fans, who basically make all the decisions from roster selection to call-to-play. It’s a small league with only four teams to start, but she has some big names behind her. Team owners include football stars Richard Sherman, Marshawn Lynch and Austin Ekeler, rapper Quavo, MLB’s Trevor May, WNBA’s Renee Montgomery, NBA 2K’s Ronnie Singh, and more.
Fan Controlled Football is a new football league that aims for fast-paced action. It’s 7v7 football, and it will be played on a 50-yard field. There are two 20-minute halves with a running clock, which only stops when there is a score, or at a one-minute warning at each half. After the one minute warning, the stopwatch will stop after the first descents or a failure. The goal of the league is to only last about an hour.
There is also no kickoff or punt. In fact, there aren’t even any goal posts. Teams will start on their own 10-yard line and try to drive 40 yards down for a score. Instead of a basket for the extra point, it’s a 1v1 battle between a wide receiver and a defensive back. The extra point will make fans choose WR and DB and give the quarterback three seconds to throw the ball. Fans will choose either a 1-point conversion from the 5-yard line or a 2-point conversion from the 10-yard line.
There are many more smaller rules, all of this can be viewed in the official league rulebook.
- Boyz Glacier
- Wild aces
One of the most interesting aspects of this league is the fact that the teams change players every week. Teams will have two franchise players (selected by team owners) and fans will have a goalie after the first game. After that, each player returns to the pool for a new draft the following Wednesday.
As for who is playing, there were only three names that I recognized as I looked through the league website: Johnny Manziel, Quinton Flowers and Deondre Francois. Manziel is a household name at this point. Flowers had promise in the XFL, and Francois was a star in Florida State.
As we touched on in the players section, there will be a weekly draft to determine where players are going. A few things to know about the draft is that the defenses are written as an entire group rather than as individual players. The offensive line is also selected as a group. It’s a bit similar to what you would see in fantasy football sketches. The focus is on the offensive playmakers.
While there is more to just clicking a button, we’ll leave that explanation of the league itself speak:
On Twitch and in the FCF app, you’ll see Run or Pass when your team is on offense. Choose one and you’ll see four schematic reading options. Lock down your favorite, get notified which game has won the vote, and watch the game unfold on the pitch in real time.
If you’re really good at calling parties (or drafting players), your FanIQ score goes up. As you achieve certain goals, you will increase your FanIQ level, which will increase your voting power, which will increase your number of votes. So if you’re a really dedicated fan, you can really make your decisions matter if you’re good at it.
How to watch fan-controlled football
The fan-controlled football will be exclusively streamed live on Twitch every weekend. You can watch the games on the integrated channel above.
Fan-controlled football schedule
The fan-controlled football league matches take place every Saturday and will last for six weeks.
Although there are only four teams, which is two games per week, you won’t see a repeat of the same game over and over again. Because the league has a draft every week, every team will have a new look as the season progresses.
At the moment, the league only has the first three weeks of the season on its website. The league has a simple trend of two games every Saturday – one at 5 p.m. ET and one at 6 p.m. ET.
- Glacier Boyz vs. Wild Aces
- Beasts vs. Zappers
- The beasts against the wild aces
- Zappers vs. Glacier Boyz
- Zappers vs. Wild Aces
- Beasts vs. Glacier Boyz
Fan Controlled Football League Salary
The weekly minimum for players is $ 400 to $ 750, plus room and board.
Coaches are expected to earn a bit more, at least based on information provided in 2019. In job postings, the FCFL said coaches will earn $ 3,500 per month plus accommodation and meal plans. Although at that time the league planned to have eight teams. There aren’t too many coaches, considering the fans calling the shots.
But there is a coach for each position, but not one for each team. And there is one head coach for all teams – John jenkins.
Which team does Johnny Manziel belong to?
Johnny Manziel is perhaps the best-known player in the league. He’s playing for the Zappers, and he’s been franchise-scored by the team so he’ll stay there for the rest of the season.
While Manziel is set to play in this league, don’t expect a return to the NFL. Manziel is not interested in some sort of redemption story.
“It’s not me trying to be a comeback, buyout type tour for me to go back and play more football in the future,” Manziel told USA Today. “After playing here, I probably won’t get back to football for another year. Two. Or maybe even longer than that. It’s just an opportunity for me to meet a bunch of good guys that I feel like we will establish a good business relationship with and i will have a lot of fun while i do it. “