The Command Centre will automatically review the following situations:

  • Scoring and potential scoring plays
  • Roughing the Passer called and non-called
  • Grade 2 Roughing the Passer
  • Roughing/Contacting the Kicker called and non-called
  • Grade 2 Spearing
  • Plays where a turnover is ruled to have occurred as a result of a fumble lost or an interception
  • Called penalties that are not coach challengeable penalties
  • Called line of scrimmage fouls to ensure the correct penalty is applied
  • Major Fouls that occur after the play is over
  • Called Illegal Contact and Defensive Pass Interference fouls to ensure the correct penalty application not whether or not the penalty occurred
  • Where a penalty should be applied from
  • Whether the clock is showing the correct time
  • Where officials disagree or are uncertain on how to rule in a play situation
  • When requested by an official to help determine if contact with a player or authorized member of team bench area was avoidable and call an Objectionable Conduct foul if appropriate
  • Spotting of the ball only to correct egregious errors
  • Plays when the Injury Spotter stops the game to remove an injured player to determine if the injury was caused by an uncalled penalty

The Command Centre will review all other appropriate Standard Reviewable Rulings during an Automatic Review.

The Command Centre will never review Coach Challengeable Penalties during an Automatic Review.

NOTE: In addition to the above list, the Command Centre has the ability to quickly change a ruling when the officials are unsure or have it wrong when it is clear and obvious what the ruling should be in the moment. This only applies when a ruling can be corrected without the necessity to stop the game. This list of applicable rulings includes:

  • Possession rulings such as catches, fumbles, down with contact
  • Boundary rulings such as a ball carrier stepping out of bounds,
  • who last touches a ball before it goes out of bounds
  • Administrative rulings like eligible receivers, procedure no end

Following the 3 minute warning in the fourth quarter the Command Centre will review each play for Standard Reviewable Rulings. If the Command Centre wants to review a play, the Replay Official will notify the Referee to stop the game.

The Command Centre will never review Coach Challengeable Penalties during a Command Centre Initiated Review.


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