The Canadian Football League has decided to focus on what it considers its three greatest assets: a large field, exciting kick-off results and high scores. To make the most of these aspects, it has changed some of its rules.
First, the hatch lines are placed closer to the center of the terrain. Each will be 28 meters from the sidelines instead of 24 meters. Therefore, they will be nine meters apart instead of 17 meters. In this way, the league hopes that teams will use the entire field and their playbooks.
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Ambrosia circuit attacks now have less ground to cover. After a field goal or a single, the offensive series starts on the 40 line instead of the 35 line. Teams starting at any time will do so from the 30 line instead of the 35 line. The only exception is the kick-off that follows a safety touchdown, which will be from the 20-line instead of the 25-line.
This change should result in better starting positions on the field during an offensive run.
We will also be stricter on not respecting immunity during kicks. All penalties for breach of immunity are 15 yards whether the ball was caught in flight or after it touched the ground. In addition, a punt who goes out before reaching the 15-line instead of the opponent’s 20-line will be penalized with a penalty.
Range of changes
Other changes include:
— The ability to have two quarterbacks on the field, provided all ratio rules are respected;
— Two additional officials will be placed on each team’s bench to communicate with the referee to speed up the game;
— A penalty imposed at the end of the first or third quarter may be imposed at the beginning of the next quarter unless the team that was not penalized insists that it be applied now when the situation is at its best.
— The conditions under which the Replay Center may assist the umpires on the field without being challenged by a coach or umpires who must regroup on the field are expanded to include possession decisions, boundary decisions and administrative rules such as a no-winger formation or not in eligible recipients;
— A new misconduct penalty created for quarterbacks who pretend to start a slide — and end a game while carrying the ball. The ball would be replaced where the false slide occurred. The safety of all quarterbacks is compromised when measures designed to protect them are instead used to gain an advantage, CFL believes;
— Automatic removal of a player who is guilty of two penalties for excessive roughness or two penalties for misconduct (or a combination of both) for offenses occurring after a game.
“We will measure the impact of these changes throughout the year to see if they make our sport more fun, exciting and faster. We have great supporters and we want more. We have great players and we want to show their incredible skills. Implementing a great product on the field is a first step as we work together to grow our competition. †
“Our most comprehensive and collaborative product analysis in our history has brought us here: the next step in our mission to make our football as fun, exciting and as fast as possible,” said Randy Ambrosie, Commissioner of the CFL.
Ambrosie acknowledged that some of the changes are marginal, but he says it will allow the CFL to monitor the results and consider other changes in the future, if they are necessary or deemed useful.