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British American Football Association Playing Rules

2016 edition

FINAL (revision 5)

BAFA rule change summary document (PDF)

Errata list

IFAF bulletins

Front sections

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Foreword and Table of Contents

Rules changes for 2016 PDF
Points of Emphasis PDF
The Football Code PDF
BAFA Regulations PDF

Rules and interpretations

Introduction PDF
Rule 1 The Game, Field, Players and Equipment PDF
Rule 2 Definitions PDF
Rule 3 Periods, Time Factors and Substitutions PDF
Rule 4 Ball in Play, Dead Ball, Out of Bounds PDF
Rule 5 Series of Downs, Line to Gain PDF
Rule 6 Kicks PDF
Rule 7 Snapping and Passing the Ball PDF
Rule 8 Scoring PDF
Rule 9 Conduct of Players and Others Subject to Rules PDF
Rule 10 Penalty Enforcement PDF
Rule 11 The Officials, Jurisdiction and Duties PDF
Rule 12 Instant Replay PDF
Rule 13 Standards for Game Management PDF

Tail sections

Summary of Penalties PDF
Officials' Signals PDF
Appendices A-C
  1. Guidelines for Game Officials to Use During a Serious On-Field Player Injury
  2. Lightning Guidelines
  3. Concussion Guidelines
Appendix D Field Diagrams and Notes for groundsmen PDF

Appendix E Equipment Guidelines


Facemask examples


BAFRA Terms and Conditions PDF
A-Z index of Rules PDF

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