minute mark

One-minute warning

The One Minute Warning or The One Minute Timing Rule is a rule in the Arena Football League that dictates the flow of the game in the final minute of a half.


At the one minute mark of any given half the referee will announce "One Minute Timing Rule in effect". This means the rules will drastically change.

Rule Changes

First, the game clock goes from a continuously running clock (except for scores and time-outs) to a clock that mirrors NCAA rules (stopping on first downs, out of bounds, incompletions, etc.) However, there is no "taking a knee" in arena football during the final minute if the offence is ahead. The offence must advance the ball at least 1 yard to keep the clock running.


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