Allows Replay to Assist when there is Contact between an Official and a Player or Team Bench Member
Allow the Command Centre, when requested by an official, to help determine if contact with an official and a player or team bench member was avoidable and to call an Objectionable Conduct foul if it was.
Move where ball is placed after certain fouls and rulings in the Goal Area
The ball will be scrimmaged from the 30-yard line in the following situations
Kicked ball hitting opponent’s goal post assembly in flight
Fumble recovery, interception or possession by ruling in own goal area
The ball will be scrimmaged from the 15-yard line in the following situation
Fan interferes in pass play in opponent’s goal area
The ball will be scrimmaged from the 5-yard line in the following situations
Illegal touching or recovery of a loose ball in own goal area
Penalties will be applied from the 30-yard line in the following situation
Foul with ball in own goal area after intercepting a pass
Penalties will be applied from the 15-yard line in the following situation
Foul with ball in goal area
Score a Rouge on a Kick-Off When the Ball goes through the Goal Area without being Touched
Eliminate the exception on a kick-off for a ball having to be touched in order for a rouge (single point) to be scored when the ball goes through the goal area.
Add a Safety to the Penalty Options When the Offense Commits a Holding Foul in Its Goal Area While Having Possession of the Ball in Its Goal Area
Add the option of a safety to the current options if the offense holds in their goal area while they have possession of the ball in their goal area.
Restrict the Defensive Formation on Field Goals and Kicked Converts
The defense can have a maximum of 6 players within 2 yards of the line of scrimmage on either side of the long snapper.
Eliminate Number 00 as a Uniform Number
Eliminate the number 00 as a valid uniform number.
NOTE: All 2023 rule changes have been printed in bold throughout the Rule Book.
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