The XFL, which will undergo a new-look relaunch in 2023, has announced it will partner with the NFL on select innovation programs to further expand the game and create new opportunities for player development both on and off the field.
The partnership will focus on health and safety in learning and innovation, with the XFL working with the NFL on “forward-thinking” physical and mental fitness programs for players, the study of playing surfaces and equipment and the sharing of game trends and data.
“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.”
The leagues are also expected to collaborate on international football development and scouting, as well as officiating, including the testing of different game rules for player protection and enhanced overall play, and of different technologies to enhance officiating.
“The XFL has shown us that innovation is one of its core principles,” said Troy Vincent, NFL executive vice president of football operations. “We are hopeful that this relationship will support further development and improvements in the game of football at all levels.”