CFL expands video review rules

The CFL will add a video official in the command centre to address obvious errors not covered by replay challenges. Such as when both the offence and defence jump into the neutral zone before the snap.

1 of 10 rule changes adopted by league

Two years after allowing CFL coaches to challenge defensive pass interference, the league has deemed offensive pass interference, illegal contact and illegal interference on pass plays as reviewable offences. (Brent Just/Getty Images)

The CFL's board of governors voted Thursday to expand video review for the upcoming season, including looking at illegal contact plays.

It's one of 10 changes proposed by the CFL's rules committee that were adopted.

The CFL will add a video official to address obvious errors not covered by replay challenges, such as when both the offense and defense enter the neutral zone before the snap. In that case, the replay official could examine the play and tell the referee which team jumped first.

According to the CFL, the video official would be a first in North American pro sports.

Two years after allowing coaches to challenge defensive pass interference, the league has made offensive pass interference and illegal contact on pass plays reviewable.

Penalties reviewable by a coach's challenge will also include illegal blocks on kick plays, roughing the passer or kicker, and interference on kickoff return receptions.

"Expanding what can be reviewed will not result in a slower game because coaches are not being provided with additional reviews per game," Glen Johnson, the CFL's senior vice president of football, said in a statement. "In fact, we're looking to reduce the number of delays and the number of penalties, while improving the quality of the game and protecting the health of our players."

Unsuccessful 2-point conversions automatically will be reviewed by the replay official.

League governors also voted to ban players from pushing blockers through gaps in the offensive line on extra point and field goal kicks.

The CFL expanded the definition of a peel-back block and it's now illegal for an offensive player to block an opponent low anywhere on the field when he's moving toward his goal-line. Originally, the technique was banned on plays starting in the tackle box.


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