Content compiled and entered by Glen Johnson and Andre 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 Glen Johnson, Vice-President, Officiating @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
When a kicked ball strikes the opponent's goal post assembly in flight, without first touching the ground, a player or an official
When the ball carrier is tackled and the forward progress has been halted
(tackling is defined as the act of grasping or encircling a ball carrier with hands and
When the ball carrier behind the line of scrimmage is firmly in the grasp and
control of a tackler to the extent that the ball cannot be thrown
When a ball carrier is tackled and driven back towards the ball carrier's own Goal
Line, an official must assume that an attempt was being made to advance the
ball and that only the actual contact with an opponent prevented such advance.
Therefore, the most forward point of advance shall be considered the point where
the ball became dead
When the ball carrier is contacted by an opponent and loses balance so that a
portion of the body, other than hands or feet touches the ground, the ball shall be
dead at the point where it was held when touching the ground, or the point where the
ball was held when contacted, whichever is the furthest point of advance
When the quarterback, in possession of the ball, intentionally kneels on the
ground during the last three minutes of a half
When the quarterback, in possession of the ball, dives in a feet first sliding
motion, the ball shall be declared dead at the point it was held when another part of
the quarterback's body, other than hands or feet, touch the ground
When a player, having possession of the ball in own Goal Area, intentionally
kneels on the ground
When a ball carrier is on the ground and, in the judgment of the official, is not
attempting to advance the ball, the official shall immediately declare the ball dead.
If a ball carrier's helmet comes off, the play shall be blown dead immediately.
A ball lying on the ground and not in possession of a player is not dead. A ball striking an official is not dead except on a forward pass.