BAFA Rules Committee

Competition Regulations

Some administrative rules allow competitions to stipulate in their regulations what course of action is to be followed.

The following table lists those Rules, plus the regulations most recently notified to us by the relevant competition:

Rule no. Rule Default action if competition does not specify

BAFA NL
Adult (o18)
(as of April 2016)

BAFA NL
Junior (u19)
(as of April 2016)
BUCS AF League (BUAFL)
(as of October 2016)
1-3-2-e-3 Where competition regulations mandate the use of balls of a particular manufacture, and more than three legal balls are presented to the referee, the referee shall only select balls of another manufacture if there are fewer than three balls of the mandated manufacture. No mandated ball If the balls provided by the Home team do not meet the requirements of the Game Rules, the away team will be shown the balls and given the opportunity to provide balls that do conform if they can. This infringement shall be reported by the Referee to the League. If the balls provided by the Home team do not meet the requirements of the Game Rules, the away team will be shown the balls and given the opportunity to provide balls that do conform if they can. This infringement shall be reported by the Referee to the League. Teams have been encouraged to move to the 'college style' (white half-stripe) ball.
1-4-5-b-1 The Competition Authority may determine that the away team shall have first choice of colour. Home team has first choice of colour. Home team has first choice of colour. Home team has first choice of colour. BUCS regulations give the first choice to the away team.
3-1-3 Competitions may adopt regulations to forego the tiebreaker system if the scores are tied at the end of a regular season game. In that event, the game shall be terminated and the result will stand as a tie. Play extra periods Overtime is not to be played in a regular season game. Overtime is not to be played in a regular season game. Play extra periods
3-2-1 Competitions may adopt regulations to limit the playing time in a game to 48, 40 or 32 minutes, provided the four periods are of equal length. Playing time will be 60 minutes Playing time normally shall be 60 minutes. Playing time normally shall be 40 minutes. Playing time normally shall be 48 minutes.
3-3-2

If the margin in the score is more than 34 points, a running clock will apply. The clock will stop only for reasons marked * below. For other events listed here, the clock will keep running. Competitions may adopt regulations to:

1. forgo the rule in the first half of a game; 

2. reduce the score margin below 34 points.

Running clock applies when margin in score is more than 34 points. Running clock applies when margin in score is more than 34 points in the second half. Running clock applies when margin in score is more than 34 points in the second half. Running clock applies when margin in score is more than 34 points in the second half.
3-3-3-c If a game is suspended under Rules 3-3-3-a and b before the end of the fourth period and cannot be resumed, there are four possible options:
  1. Resume the game at a later date;
  2. Terminate the game with a determined final score;
  3. Forfeit of the game; or
  4. Declare a no contest.
The option that takes effect shall be determined by competition policy.
Teams decide if game to be resumed Result including score stands if game is abandoned at or after half-time. Decision on the appropriate future course of action for games abandoned earlier than half-time will be made by the League Office. Result including score stands if game is abandoned at or after half-time. Decision on the appropriate future course of action for games abandoned earlier than half-time will be made by the League Office. Result including score stands if game is abandoned at or after half-time. Decision on the appropriate future course of action for games abandoned earlier than half-time will be made by the League Office.
3-3-3-d If a game is suspended under Rules 3-3-3-a and b after four periods of play and cannot be resumed, the game shall be ruled a tie. The final score shall be the score at the end of the last completed period. (Note: If a winner must be determined in a conference playoff game, conference policy shall determine when and where the game will be resumed.) Game remains a tie Report to league for action. Report to league for action. as per 3-3-3-c
3-3-8-b-3 Competitions may adopt regulations that even if a visual game clock is the official timepiece, a two-minute warning shall still be given. A two-minute warning will be given. A two-minute warning will be given. A two-minute warning will be given. A two-minute warning will be given.
12-3-5-f

National federations may adopt regulations to permit review of:

1. Any player disqualification.

No review No review No review No review
12-4-2 The type of equipment used to carry out necessary instant replay duties shall be determined by the competition authority using instant replay. Replay not used Replay not used Replay not used Replay not used
12-8-1 Competitions may adopt regulations to permit disqualifications in the first half to be reviewed at half-time. No half-time review No half-time review No half-time review No half-time review
13-9-3 A Competition Authority may define the maximum and/or minimum age for players in its competition. No age limit

See below

See below

Not applicable

Age limits

Adult Football

Over 18
A player is eligible for Adult football from their 18th Birthday. They will be Eligible by Date of Birth and not calendar year

Dual Registrations:
Where players are registered at Adult level contact football, these players are not permitted to play back down at U19 club level (BAFA NL Junior League)
Once a player plays Adult level, they can no longer play at Junior level within BAFA NL format. (The only exception is International Level competition, where any player will be eligible to play for Great Britain Lions, as long as their DoB aligns with the IFAF Competition regulations)

U19 Football

U19 on the 31/12/2015 (Therefore if a player turns 19 during the 2016 Calendar year they WILL be eligible).

Dual Registrations:
Where players are registered at both u17 and u19 contact football, these players are eligible to play only ONE FORMAT per weekend in BAFANL competitions.

U17 Football

Under 17 on the 31/12/2015 (Therefore if a player turns 17 during the 2016 Calendar year they WILL be eligible).

Dual Registrations:
Where players are registered at both u17 and u19 contact football, these players are eligible to play only ONE FORMAT per weekend in BAFANL competitions.

FLAG

U12:
Under 12 on the 31/12/2015 (Therefore if a player turns 12 during the 2016 Calendar year they WILL be eligible).

U17:
Under 17 on the 31/12/2015 (Therefore if a player turns 17 during the 2016 Calendar year they WILL be eligible).

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