Pylon Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Parris Campbell (1) reaches to keep the ball inside the pylon for a touchdown as he’s tackled by Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Darious Williams (31) on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022, during a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

For years, one particular rule has drawn plenty of criticism from fans of football at every level, and it appears the two spring football leagues – the XFL and the USFL – are finally changing it.

According to Football Zebras, the XFL and the USFL have made changes that will give the ball back to the offense if a fumble goes out of bounds in the end zone.

“The two spring leagues, the XFL and the USFL, have carved out a special rule for their 2023 seasons. It states that if a ball carrier fumbles the ball into the end zone and goes out of bounds, or if the ball is fumbled into the pylon, there is no change of possession and the ball reverts back to the spot of the fumble. This would be consistent with the rule of forward fumbles out of bounds in the field of play. A defensive recovery in the end zone would still be a turnover to the defense. However, under this rule, the defense has a limited envelope to gain possession of the ball that penetrated its end zone, because if the ball is touched by any player who is also touching the end line, the ball will return to the fumbling team,” Football Zebras wrote.

It’s a massive rule change and the football world had plenty to say about it. And surprisingly, many don’t like it.

We’ll have to see how this rule works out for the XFL and the USFL and whether or not the NFL or college football follows suit in the future.

[Football Zebras]