Expanded use of Instant Replay
In addition to Defensive Pass Interference, Coaches will be able to challenge: Illegal Contact, Offensive Pass Interference, Illegal Interference on a Forward Pass, No Yards, Roughing the Passer, Roughing and Contacting the Kicker, and Called Illegal Blocks on Kick Plays.
Rule 1.7.6 (page 17) – Instant Replay Review
Rule 10.2.3 (page 69) – Coach Reviewable Penalties
Institute a Video Official
Expand the use of video to quickly fix errors with called penalties, penalty applications, penalty administration, timing and boundary issues.
Rule 10.3 (page 73) – Video Official Reviews
Kickoff Point after Field Goals
Require teams to kickoff after making a field goal after the 3 minute warning in the 4th quarter.
Rule 3.2.2 (page 29) – Field Goals
Rule 5.2.1 (page 40) – Points Of Kickoff
Allow Team A lineman flexibility to move while in a three or four point stance.
Rule 4.5.3 (page 36) – Linemen Stance And Motion
Peel Back Blocks
Expand the definition to include all Team A players and make a Peel Back block illegal anywhere on the field.
Rule 7.2.9 (page 57) – Peel Back Block
Make it illegal to push-block a teammate towards the opponent’s dead ball line when they are in field goal and kicked convert formations.
Rule 7.2.3q (page 56) – Unnecessary Roughness
Rule 7.2.10 (page 58) – Push Blocking
Create the concept and application of offsetting penalties.
Rule 8.3.3 – (page 61) – Dual Fouls – Offsetting Penalties
Rule 8.3.4a – (page 61) – Dual Fouls – No Change In Possession
Rule 8.3.5a – (page 62) – Dual Fouls – Change In Possession
Automatic Review of Unsuccessful 2-point Converts
Unsuccessful 2-point converts will be automatically reviewed by the Replay Official.
Rule 10.2.2 (page 68) – Standard Reviewable Aspects
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