TORONTO – The Canadian Football League’s Board of Governors has approved a rule change that will allow coaches to request the video replay official to review and possibly overturn a ruling of a missed field goal or extra point.
“Video review has become a dependable asset to ensure we get the right call on the field,” said Tom Higgins, director of officiating for the CFL. “And with the technology and number of cameras used in today’s telecasts of our games, expanding video review to cover these potential scoring plays is a natural evolution.”
The Board of Governors has also approved a rule change that will give coaches more flexibility in how they use time outs.
Moving forward, coaches can now use both of their time outs at any point during regulation time of a game, as long as they don’t use more than one after the three minute warning has been sounded in the second half of the game.
In previous seasons coaches were only allowed to use one time out per half.
Both rule changes were proposed to the Board of Governors by the CFL’s Rules Committee – made up of head coaches, general managers, team presidents, league officials and a representative of the CFL Players’ Association. The Committee held its annual meeting earlier this spring at the CFL Combine in Toronto.
The two approved rule changes will be in effect for the 2013 season.