1. Kick returns are recorded in three separate categories.
    1. Returns of punts,
    2. Returns of missed field goal attempts,
    3. Returns of kickoffs.
  2. Kick returns are measured from the point where the receiver gains possession of the ball to the point where the ball is declared dead or is lost by fumble or is kicked back. If the receiver loses yards on a kick return after gaining possession, such losses will be charged against the kick return yardage.
  3. When a penalty is called on a kick return for an offence such as clipping or illegal interference, the return will be measured to the point from which the penalty is applied.
  4. A receiver will not be charged with a kick return for conceding a single point without attempting to advance the ball or if a penalty is applied from the point of gaining possession of the ball, such as a No Yards penalty.
  5. Returns of missed field goal attempts are to be treated in the same manner as punt returns, since they are identical under the playing rules but are to be recorded separately from punt returns.


In searchable permalink form

Tips on Linking to the Rulebook
Table of Contents

CFLdb is in need of a copy of the CFL 2012 and 2014 Rulebook. If you can loan/provide an electronic copy/help, please reach out.

You are reading the 2007 version of the rulebook. Other available versions of this page are:


Converted to the web by CFLdb. An Adobe Acrobat PDF of the current version is available.

The original source of the version presently being viewed is © Copyright 2007 Canadian Football League

Publication Credits

Cover Design by Barnstorm Creative Group Inc. · Vancouver

Cover Photo by Kyle Clapham

Printed by Spalding Creative Communications Inc.

Content compiled and entered by Vern Heath and Josh Oubadia

Special thanks to George Black, Shawn Coates, Glen Johnson and André Proulx

The CFL Official Rule Book is published annually by the Canadian Football League. Any inquiries regarding the CFL Official Playing Rules may be directed to George Black at