Rules, Regulations & Documents

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Each competition requires participants to adhere to a series of Rules and Regulations.

The Rules of the Game determine the way in which the game is played across Great Britain - bringing a level of standardisation to the sport.

The principle Rules include:
- The Game, Field, Players and Equipment
- Definitions
- Periods, Time Factors and Substitutions
- Ball in Play, Dead Ball, Out of Bounds
- Series of Downs, Line to Gain
- Kicks
- Snapping and Passing the Ball
- Scoring
- Conduct of Players and Others Subject to Rules
- Penalty Enforcement1
- The Officials, Jurisdiction and Duties
- Instant Replay
- Standards for Game Management


The Rules of the Game can be found here.
The Medical Rules can be found here.

Game Regulations largely relate to the systems and structures employed by the specific competitions including British University Championships (contact football in partnership with BUCS)

Core Documents for Use
Generic Interim Roster Sheet
BAFRA Roster Template 2018

Guidance for Pre-season Player Trials

Competition Rules and Regulations 2018-2019
BAFA National Leagues debtors list template 2018


National Leagues Registration - help and support
The BAFA registrations team can provide clubs, players, coaches and staff with help and support relating to team and member registration.

You can email them at registrations@britishamericanfootball.org and they will respond to you within five working days. Here are some useful step-by-step user guides to help you manage the most common tasks.

Creating a new BAFA membership-2018-2019

Renewing membership - 2018-2019
Upgrading membership 2018-2019

How to transfer 2018-2019 (including info for club admins)

How to register your team - 2018-2019 (club admins only)

How to approve new members 2018-2019 (club admins only)

How to run your roster - 2018-2019 (club admins only)

How to enter or update team infomation 2018-2019 (club admins only)

Hide function (club admins only)

International Transfers
ITC Documents 2017

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