Table of Contents
Provincial Associations......................................................................................................................................................................................i
Football Canada Rules’ Committee .............................................................................................................................................................ii
Lightning Safety ............................................................................................................................................................................................. vii
Concussion Management........................................................................................................................................................................... viii
Summary of Abbreviations............................................................................................................................................................................ix
Rule Changes – 2020 .......................................................................................................................................................................................xi
Safety Rules ...................................................................................................................................................................................................... xv
Points of Emphasis.......................................................................................................................................................................................xxiii
Code of Ethics................................................................................................................................................................................................xxiii
Football Stadium Guidelines...................................................................................................................................................................xxvii
Imperial Field Dimensions and Markings............................................................................................................................................xxix
Metric Field Dimensions and Markings................................................................................................................................................. xxx
Rule 1 – Conduct of the Game
Section 1: The Field.............................................................................................................................................................................. 1
Section 2: The Ball................................................................................................................................................................................ 2
Section 3: The Game ........................................................................................................................................................................... 3
Section 4: Teams................................................................................................................................................................................... 4
Section 5: Timing.................................................................................................................................................................................. 4
Section 6: Possession.......................................................................................................................................................................... 6
Section 7: Live Ball ............................................................................................................................................................................... 7
Section 8: Dead Ball............................................................................................................................................................................. 7
Section 9: End Zone ............................................................................................................................................................................ 8
Section 10: Out of Bounds................................................................................................................................................................ 9
Section 11: Uniform & Equipment ...............................................................................................................................................10
Section 12: Players and Substitutes.............................................................................................................................................13
Section 13. Non Players ...................................................................................................................................................................13
Rule 2 — Officials
Section 1: Designation of Officials...............................................................................................................................................15
Section 2: Jurisdiction and Duties................................................................................................................................................15
Section 3: Referee (R)........................................................................................................................................................................16
Section 4: Umpire (U)........................................................................................................................................................................17
Section 5: Back Umpire (BU)...........................................................................................................................................................17
Section 6: Back Judge (BJ) ..............................................................................................................................................................17
Section 7: Downs Judge (DJ) .........................................................................................................................................................17
Section 8: Line Judge (LJ)................................................................................................................................................................18
Section 9: Side Judge (SJ) ...............................................................................................................................................................18
Section 10: Downsbox and Yardstick Official...........................................................................................................................18
Section 11: Timekeeper and Scorer.............................................................................................................................................18
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Rule 3 — Scoring
Section 1: Table of Scores................................................................................................................................................................19
Section 2: Definition .........................................................................................................................................................................19
Rule 4 — Scrimmage
Section 1: Definitions........................................................................................................................................................................21
Section 2: Method of Scrimmage.................................................................................................................................................21
Section 3: Requirements for Legal Scrimmage .......................................................................................................................23
Section 4: Points of Scrimmage Restrictions............................................................................................................................24
Section 5: Interference.....................................................................................................................................................................24
Section 6: Miscellaneous.................................................................................................................................................................25
Rule 5 — Kicking
Section 1: Definitions........................................................................................................................................................................27
Section 2: Kick Off..............................................................................................................................................................................27
Section 3: Blocked Kick ....................................................................................................................................................................29
Section 4: Kick from Scrimmage and Return Kick ..................................................................................................................30
Section 5: Interference on Kick from Scrimmage or Return Kick......................................................................................32
Section 6: Dribbled Ball....................................................................................................................................................................33
Rule 6 — Passing
Section 1: Lateral or Onside Pass..................................................................................................................................................35
Section 2: Hand Off Pass..................................................................................................................................................................35
Section 3: Offside Pass ....................................................................................................................................................................35
Section 4. Forward Pass ..................................................................................................................................................................36
Rule 7 — Fouls and Penalties
Section 1: Illegal Tactics ...................................................................................................................................................................41
Section 2: Rough Play.......................................................................................................................................................................41
Section 3: Unnecessary Roughness.............................................................................................................................................43
Section 4: Objectionable Conduct...............................................................................................................................................46
Rule 8 — Application of Penalties
Section 1: Definitions........................................................................................................................................................................47
Section 2: Penalties and Legal Gains...........................................................................................................................................47
Section 3: Restrictions Near Goal Line .......................................................................................................................................48
Section 4: Fouls in End Zone .........................................................................................................................................................48
Section 5: Unnecessary Roughness and Rough Play – Points of Application..............................................................50
Section 6: Dual and Double Fouls................................................................................................................................................52
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Rule 9 — Miscellaneous
Section 1: Definition .........................................................................................................................................................................53
Section 2: Interference On Change Of Possession.................................................................................................................53
Section 3: Interference When Ball Not In Possession............................................................................................................53
Section 4: Continuity of Downs ....................................................................................................................................................53
Rule Modifications..........................................................................................................................................................................................55
6-A-Side Rules .....................................................................................................................................................................................55
9-A-Side Rules .....................................................................................................................................................................................55
10 or 12 A-Side Rules ........................................................................................................................................................................56
Fundamental Stage of Development – U9 ...............................................................................................................................56
Learn to Train Stage of Development – U11 ............................................................................................................................56
Learn to Train Stage of Development – U13 ............................................................................................................................57
Summary of Penalties....................................................................................................................................................................................59
Officials’ Signals ...............................................................................................................................................................................................63
Case Book
Metric .................................................................................................................................................................................................. CB1
Play Numbering............................................................................................................................................................................... CB1
C.F.O.A. ................................................................................................................................................................................................ CB1
Canadian Football Officials’ Association Membership ...................................................................................................... CB2
Cases for Rule 1 – Conduct of the Game
Section 1: The Field................................................................................................................................................................ CB3
Section 3: The Game.............................................................................................................................................................. CB3
Section 5: Timing.................................................................................................................................................................... CB4
Section 6: Possession ............................................................................................................................................................ CB6
Section 7: Live Ball ................................................................................................................................................................. CB6
Section 8: Dead Ball............................................................................................................................................................... CB7
Section 9: End Zone............................................................................................................................................................... CB8
Section 10: Out of Bounds .................................................................................................................................................. CB8
Section 11: Uniform & Equipment .................................................................................................................................CB10
Section 12: Players and Substitutes...............................................................................................................................CB10
Section 13: Non Players......................................................................................................................................................CB11
Cases for Rule 2 — Officials
Section 1: Designation of Officials .................................................................................................................................CB12
Section 3: Referee.................................................................................................................................................................CB12
Cases for Rule 3 — Scoring
Section 2: Definition............................................................................................................................................................CB13
Cases for Rule 4 — Scrimmage
Section 2: Method of Scrimmage...................................................................................................................................CB16
Section 3: Requirements for Legal Scrimmage .........................................................................................................CB17
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Section 5: Interference .......................................................................................................................................................CB18
Section 6: Miscellaneous ...................................................................................................................................................CB19
Cases for Rule 5 — Kicking
Section 1: Definitions..........................................................................................................................................................CB20
Section 2: Kick Off ................................................................................................................................................................CB20
Section 3: Blocked Kick.......................................................................................................................................................CB20
Section 4: Kick From Scrimmage and Return Kick....................................................................................................CB21
Section 5: Interference On Kick from Scrimmage or Return Kick .......................................................................CB22
Cases for Rule 6 — Passing
Section 1: Lateral or Onside Pass ....................................................................................................................................CB24
Section 2: Hand Off Pass....................................................................................................................................................CB24
Section 3: Offside Pass........................................................................................................................................................CB24
Section 4: Forward Pass......................................................................................................................................................CB25
Cases for Rule 7 — Fouls and Penalties
Section 1: Illegal Tactics .....................................................................................................................................................CB30
Section 2: Rough Play .........................................................................................................................................................CB30
Section 3: Unnecessary Roughness...............................................................................................................................CB31
Section 4: Objectionable Conduct.................................................................................................................................CB33
Cases for Rule 8 — Application of Penalties
Section 1: Definitions..........................................................................................................................................................CB35
Section 2: Penalties and Legal Gains.............................................................................................................................CB35
Section 3: Restrictions Near Goal Line..........................................................................................................................CB37
Section 4: Fouls in End Zone ............................................................................................................................................CB37
Section 5: Unnecessary Roughness and Rough Play.................................................................................................CB38
Section 6: Dual and Double Fouls ..................................................................................................................................CB40
Cases for Rule 9 — Miscellaneous
Section 1: Definition............................................................................................................................................................CB44
Section 3: Interference when Ball Not in Possession...............................................................................................CB44
Section 4: Continuity of Downs.......................................................................................................................................CB44
Index ....................................................................................................................................................................................................CB47

 Lightning Safety
Lightning is the most frequent severe storm hazard encountered in football. Most lightning casualties occur
through the months of May and September.
Safety is always the number “1” concern for all participants and spectators involved in the game of football.
Lightning Safety Tips
•     Establish that an action plan is in place for all involved.
•     Establish that a designated person is responsible to monitor the weather.
•     Establish that there is a means of monitoring local weather forecasts and warnings (i.e. Environment Canada,
radio, T.V.)
•     Establish that there is a cell phone for emergencies.
•     Establish that there is an accessible first aid kit.
•     Monitoring should begin in appropriate amount of time before the event.
•     Watch the sky for dark, heavy clouds on a warm and or humid spring and summer day.
•     Be aware that lightning may strike several kilometers from the storm.
•     Avoid power lines, tall objects, high places and water.
•     Take appropriate shelter when you count 30 seconds or fewer between lightning and thunder.
•     Safe shelter includes inhabited buildings and fully enclosed vehicles.
•     If in a vehicle it is important not to touch any part of the metal framework during ongoing thunderstorms.
•     If caught in an open, level field, don’t lie flat, but crouch on the ground, with feet together, placing the hands
on the knees and bending forward.
•     Avoid grouping of players.
•     Remain sheltered for 30 minutes after the last thunder or lightning flash prior resuming an activity.

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