Frequently Asked Questions about Schedules

Based on recent history, expect the CFL schedule to be released by mid-February. The schedule has been published in February the past nine out of the last ten years (Feb. 28 in 2007, Feb. 21 in 2008, Feb. 3 in 2009, Feb. 1 in 2010, Feb. 18 in 2011, Feb. 17 in 2012, March 5 in 2013, Feb. 12 in 2014, Feb. 13 in 2015 and Feb. 18 in 2016).

For quick reference, see the CFL's calendar site.

For further options, check out the CFLdb schedules page which provides a number of resources and links for the CFL schedule, including iCal format or printable league and team schedules. Printed schedules are also usually available from team ticket offices by training camp each year.

For the CFL schedule on your smartphone, the following options are available:

  • tweet #Schedule to @CFL for the English calendar or #CalendrierLCF to @LCFca for the French calendar (requires a Twitter account),
  • CFL schedule calendar site,
  • or use the league or team iCal schedules on the CFLdb schedules page.

The CFL currently plays 18 games per team in the regular season, nine games each at home and away. With nine teams in the league this equates to 81 total games per season. The season takes approximately 6 months from June 1 to the last Sunday of November, with 1 month for training camp/pre-season, 19-20 weeks for the regular season and 3 weeks for the playoffs and Grey Cup championship.

History

As is current, there were 81-game regular season games when the league consisted of nine teams (1986, 1993, 1996, 2002–2005, 2014–present), 72 games with eight teams (1987–1992, 1997–2001, 2006–2013), 108 games in a 12-team loop (1994), and 117 games when there was 13 teams (1995), all with an 18-game schedule.

The CFL increased the amount of regular season games from 16 to 18 in 1986. A 16-game regular season schedule was in place from 1974 to 1985, for a total of 72 regular season games. During this time a four game pre-season schedule was used. The pre-season schedule was reduced to two games per team with the introduction of the expanded 18-game regular season schedule and continues to be used today.

Prior to 1974 the Eastern Conference played only 14 regular season games while the Western Conference played 16, a practice they began in 1952.

Full interlocking play began in 1981. Partial interlocking play did not begin until 1961. Prior to that, east-west cross-country play occurred only in the pre-season. For example, the BC Lions franchise debut at home occurred against the Montreal Alouettes on August 11, 1954.