THE OFFICIAL PLAYING RULES FOR THE CANADIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE 2017

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STATISTICAL SCORING RULES

SECTION 1 — FIRST DOWNS

  1. A first down shall be recorded whenever:

    • The yardsticks are ordered forward by the officials on a sequence of downs,
    • A touchdown is scored on an offensive play from scrimmage,
    • A gain from scrimmage is made on the last play in a half that would have resulted in a first down being awarded had time not run out.
  2. A first down shall NOT be awarded whenever:

    • A team first gains possession as a result of a kick or turnover.
    • A team gains sufficient yards but loses the ball via a turnover.
  3. First downs gained are subdivided to show the type of play responsible for the gain, as follows:

    1. By Rushing — means that the play that resulted in a new first down being awarded was an initial rushing attempt.
    2. By Passing — means that the play that resulted in a new first down being awarded was a passing play.
    3. By Penalty — means that the yardsticks were ordered forward as a result of the application of a penalty.