CFL approves video review for pass interference
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - The Canadian Football League announced Thursday that its Board of Governors has approved making pass interference subject to video review for the 2014 season.
Under the new rule, coaches will be permitted to challenge both called and potential defensive pass interference penalties up to the final three minutes of a game. In the final three minutes, a team can only challenge such a call or non-call one time.
A coach must initiate the challenge for a video review, as pass interference calls and potential pass interference calls will not be subject to automatic review.
The CFL is the first football league to approve the use of video review for pass interference calls.
"We are constantly looking for ways to make our great game even better and I believe we have done that today with the approval of this rule change," said CFL commissioner Mark Cohon. "Being progressive and using technology to compliment the excellent work our officials already do on the field is positive for our teams, players, and ultimately, our fans."
The Board of Governors also approved a number of rule changes to further protect the health and safety of CFL players, promote scoring and improve the flow of the game.
"We are very much looking forward to implementing the rule changes for the 2014 season now that we have received final approval from our Board," said CFL vice president of officiating Glen Johnson. "We went through a very rigorous and inclusive process this offseason and we strongly believe that all of these rule changes will have a positive impact on our game."
Low blocks below the waist and peel-back blocks have been virtually eliminated from the game, while an injured player will now be required to leave the field for three plays, regardless of whether a penalty was called on the action leading to the injury.
Quarterbacks will be allowed to use their own team supplied footballs and centers will be permitted to bob their heads multiple times in an effort to signal timing of the snap of the ball.
As for improving the flow of the game, head referees will no longer be required to hold the 20-second clock for the defense to substitute, allowing offenses to further dictate the pace of play.
05/08 17:35:55 ET