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Pittsburgh Power Begins Training Camp

For those of you already missing the Steelers, there will be more football in Pittsburgh very soon, as the Pittsburgh Power, a new franchise in the Arena Football League, have begun training camp.

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Because some of the 35 players on the roster have not played the indoor game, where eight players per side instead of 11 compete on a smaller field using different rules from outdoor football, Siegfried said the team will use most of today to acquaint the players with the intricacies of the game. Inflatable walls will create a playing space the same size as the AFL's 50-yard-by-85-foot field inside the fieldhouse to give players a "good visual as to where they can and where they can't run," Siegfried said.

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The idea that a lot of these guys are about to play professionally in a variant of the game that's entirely new to them is pretty interesting - arena football is pretty radically different from regular football. The first regular-season game is March 11, so the new guys will have about three weeks to learn. The Power will play 18 games, running through July.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.