Changes to kickoffs are coming at the collegiate level in 2018. The NCAA has made a new rule allowing any team to fair catch a ball within the 25-yard line to get a touchback. The rule change will go into effect this fall.
This isn’t the first time rules during kickoffs have been changed in the interests of safety. Adjustments have been made at both the NFL and NCAA level in order to try and encourage players taking knees and stop the collision that happens with the plays that start games.
In 2016, the NFL made a significant change, moving touchbacks to the 25-yard line rather than the 20. The change was one following moving the yardage up from where teams kicked off from, ensuring the ball would float into—and—out of the endzone for possible touchbacks.
Kickoffs have been considered one of the more dangerous plays in the sport and both the NCAA and NFL have been looking for ways to make the act safer without throwing out the play immediately. No doubt if this change has been implemented, the NFL could follow in a year or two with their own rule change given the safety.
What do you think of this new rule in the NFL?