Number of Replay Challenges Allowed per Game
Each team will have the ability to execute one challenge per game.
Rule 1.7.6 (page 17) – Instant Replay Review
Rule 10.2.4.1 (page 70) – Initiating a Review
Adjust use of Replay
No longer allow a coach to challenge for an illegal Contact Penalty.
Rule 10.2.3 (page 69) – Coach Challengeable Penalties
Allow the Replay Official to automatically review plays, out in space, where a touchdown may have been scored.
Rule 10.2.4.2 (page 71) – Automatic Reviews
The Replay Official will correct the game clock to what the clock should reach based on the outcome of the challenge.
Rule 10.2.5 (page 72) – Outcome of Reviews
It shall be illegal for any player to deliver a forcible block on an opponent while moving back towards their own dead ball line anywhere on the field.
Rule 7.2.3(r) (page 56) – Unnecessary Roughness
Rule 7.2.12 (page 58) – Blindside Blocking
Widen the interpretation of spearing to include any situation where a player, other than the ball carrier, delivers a blow with their helmet as the initial or primary point of contact. Remove the need for a player to launch himself to be part of the standard for spearing.
Rule 7.2.3(f) (page 55) – Unnecessary Roughness
It shall be illegal to block an opponent below the waist outside an area bounded by the tight end positions, running from 2 yards in advance of the line of scrimmage back to the initial position of the quarterback or kicker.
Rule 4.3.4 (page 35) – Illegal Block
Change pyramiding to a 10 yard penalty and allow it to be applied on the following kick off if it occurs on a convert attempt.
Rule 7.1.3 (page 53) – Pyramiding
Rule 8.5.1(b) (page 63) – Foul on Convert
Require all players to land with one foot in bounds after gaining possession of the ball on passes, fumbles and kick offs.
Rule 1.9.1 (page 19) – Out of Bounds
Rule 6.4.5 (page 49) – Complete Forward Pass
Passer behind Line of Scrimmage
The passer needs at least one foot on or behind the line of scrimmage when the ball is released to be considered behind the line of scrimmage.
Rule 6.4.3 (page 48) – Eligibility of Passer
Add receiving a lateral pass and a kicked ball to the definition of a Sleeper Play.
Rule 1.11.5 (page 25) – Sleeper Play
Adjust the circumference of the official game football.
Rule 1.1 (page 13) – The Ball
NOTE: All 2018 rule changes have been printed in bold throughout the Rule Book.