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SECTION 1 – FIRST DOWNS

A first down shall be recorded whenever the yardsticks are ordered forward
by the officials on a sequence of downs, whenever a touchdown is scored on
an offensive play from scrimmage, and whenever a gain from scrimmage is
made on the last play in a half that would have resulted in a first down being
awarded had time not run out. However a first down shall not be awarded
when a team first gains possession as a result of a kick, a fumble, a pass
interception or a penalty.

First downs gained are subdivided to show the type of play responsible for
the gain, as follows:

  1. By Rushing – means that the play that resulted in a new first down
    being awarded was a rushing play, even though a different type of play may
    have accounted for most of the yardage in that series of downs.
  2. By Passing – means that the play that resulted in a new first down
    being awarded was a passing play, even though a different type of play may
    have accounted for most of the yardage in that series of downs.
  3. By Penalty – means that the yardsticks were ordered forward as a
    result of the application of penalty.

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SECTION 2 – TOTAL OFFENCE

  1. Total offence represents the aggregate of all net gains from scrimmage
    and includes the following:

    1. Net yards on rushing plays where the gains and losses are chargeable
      to individual players, See Section 3.
    2. Net yards on passing plays, See Section 4.
    3. Yardage losses chargeable against the team record but not against
      individual players, See Section 5.
  2. Total plays from scrimmage consists of all plays where a team puts the
    ball into play by a scrimmage, including those nullified by penalty and including
    convert attempts.

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SECTION 3 – RUSHING PLAYS

  1. Every play from scrimmage is to be ruled as a rushing play except:
    1. A passing play as described in Section 4 or,
    2. A Team Loss play as described in Section 5 or,
    3. A kicking play as described in Section 8.
  2. Rushing yardage is measured from the line of scrimmage to the point
    where the ball is declared dead or is recovered by the opponents in the case
    of a fumble.
  3. The rushing total is a net figure. All rushing losses must be recorded to
    account for the net figure. Such losses will also be taken into account in
    determining the rushing records of individual players.
  4. The player charged with the carry will be the player who carries the ball
    across the line of scrimmage, or is the player responsible for a fumble, or
    the player in possession, whichever is applicable, when the play is stopped
    behind the line of scrimmage.
  5. All gains on lateral passes that originated or grew out of a rushing play
    are included in rushing yardage, See Section 7.

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SECTION 4 – FORWARD PASS PLAYS

  1. Forward passing gains or losses are measured from the scrimmage
    line to the point where the ball is declared dead or is recovered by opponents
    in the case of a fumble. Both the length of the pass and the running
    advance after completion are included in the total gain. All yards gained or
    lost on a completed pass play are credited to both the passer and receiver.
  2. The passer is charged with all forward passes thrown whether complete
    or incomplete, except those on which an interference penalty is called.
    It will also include all passes intercepted. Those passes ruled as intentionally
    grounded will be recorded under penalties, including the yardage lost.
  3. If the passer has commenced forward throwing motion with the ball
    moving forward and is contacted with the ball becoming loose, the play will
    be regarded as an incomplete forward pass unless the Referee rules the
    play to be a fumble.
  4. The receiver is credited only with the number of passes caught and
    total yards gained. Where a pass is touched by two receivers, the player
    making the final catch will be credited.
    EXAMPLE – Team A has ball on 30-yard line. Quarterback passes to A1 on
    40-yard line who tips the ball forward to A2 on the 43-yard line. The referee
    will declare the pass complete on the 43 and A2 shall be credited with the
    catch.
  5. Loss from a completed forward pass play that did not advance to the
    line of scrimmage is a yardage charge against both the passer and receiver.
  6. A passer is not a passer until the ball is thrown, so, if the player is
    caught behind the line of scrimmage it is either a loss by rushing under
    Section 3 or a Team Loss under Section 5.
  7. There is no pass completed by penalty. A gain through interference on
    a passing play is a penalty against the defending team. The passer is not
    charged with a pass attempt nor credited with a completion or the yards
    gained, nor is the intended receiver credited with a pass caught. The passing
    team is credited only with a first down gained by penalty. The defending
    team is charged with a penalty and the distance from the line of scrimmage
    to the penalty spot is recorded under Yards Lost Penalties.
  8. Great care must be taken to distinguish between forward passes behind
    the line of scrimmage and lateral passes behind the line of scrimmage.
    Since there is no distinction under the playing rules other than the eligibility
    of the receiver, there will be no ruling by the referee unless such pass falls
    incomplete. If the referee waves it incomplete, it was a forward pass. If the
    Referee declared it a free ball, it was a lateral.

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SECTION 5 – TEAM LOSSES

This category covers yardage losses suffered by a team that are not chargeable
against the rushing records of individual players, or the team’s rushing
or passing records for that game. Such losses are, however, included in determining
a team’s total offence for the game and the season.

The following are examples of losses that belong in this category:

  1. A player drops back or rolls out with the intention of throwing a pass,
    but is thrown for a loss without getting the pass away. Where, however, upon
    finding the receivers covered the player makes a positive attempt to run
    with the ball, as distinct from taking normal evasive action, any such loss
    incurred will be treated as an ordinary rushing loss under Section 3. In case
    of doubt, rule as a Team Loss.
  2. Team A has 3rd down on its 20 and is in punt formation. The would-be
    kicker catches the ball and retreats behind own Goal Line to concede a
    safety touch. The 20-yard loss will be charged to the player under Team
    Losses.
  3. Similar situation as above, the centre makes a wild snap and the ball
    goes into the End Zone, where it is recovered by either team. The centre will
    be charged with a fumble and the 20-yard loss will be charged to that player
    under Team Losses.
  4. A third down kick is blocked and recovered by either team 10 yards
    behind the line of scrimmage. In this case, the kicker is charged with a fumble
    and the 10-yard loss is charged under Team Losses.
  5. When a quarterback voluntarily drops to one knee and concedes yards
    in an effort to run out the clock, the yards lost will be charged under Team
    Losses.
  6. NOTE – No quarterback sack will be given in this situation.

  7. Team A scrimmages on its own 25-yard line. Team A quarterback drops
    back to pass but is tackled on the Team A 20 before the ball can be thrown.

    NOTE – The Team A quarterback is charged with a Team Loss of five yards.
  8. Same situation as (f). Team A quarterback fumbles the ball while attempting
    to handoff to the Team A runningback. The ball is finally recovered
    by Team B on the Team A 20-yard line.

    NOTE – The Team A quarterback is charged with a fumble, fumble lost and a
    Team Loss of five yards.
  9. Team A Kicker stands on Team A 10-yard line to receive the ball from
    centre. Instead of kicking the ball, retreats into the Team A End Zone to run
    out the clock, and eventually runs over the Dead Line conceding a safety.

    NOTE – The team A Kicker is charged with a Team Loss of 10 yards from the
    line of scrimmage to the Goal Line. The other distance retreated into the
    End Zone shall be disregarded.

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SECTION 6 – INTERCEPTION RETURNS

  1. Run backs on interception of forward passes shall be measured from
    the point of interception to the point where the ball is declared dead or is
    recovered by opponents in case of a fumble. Such gains are, of course, not
    included in Yards Gained Passing.
  2. Where a pass is intercepted in the Goal Area and the interceptor is not
    successful in running out of the Goal Area, that player will still be credited
    with the yards returned to the point where the ball is declared dead.

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SECTION 7 – LATERAL PASSES

  1. A lateral pass is always a component part of the play during which it
    occurs. The only laterals that are recorded are those that occur:

    1. After a forward pass has been completed,
    2. After the ball has crossed the line of scrimmage on a rushing play,
    3. On returns or run backs of punts, kickoffs, pass interceptions and
      fumbles.
  2. Pitchouts, handoffs and other laterals behind the line of scrimmage
    are not recorded.
  3. Examples showing how laterals are recorded:
    1. Player A catches a forward pass for a gain of 10 yards then laterals
      to B who goes for five more. A is credited with a pass caught and 10 yards
      gained. B is not credited with a catch but is credited with five yards gained.
      The passer is credited with a completed pass and 15 yards gained.
    2. A takes a lateral from the quarterback and crosses the line of scrimmage
      for a gain of 10 yards, then laterals to B who gains another five. Player
      A is charged with a carry and credited with 10 yards gained rushing. B is not
      charged with a carry but is credited with five yards.
      NOTE – The gain made by B starts only when reaching the line where A
      made the pass. If in Example 2 above, A made 10 yards then passed backward
      to B who was only able to advance within one yard of A, the net gain
      would be nine yards all of which should be credited to A. B will not be charged
      with a one-yard loss.
    3. A catches a punt and returns it 10 yards before lateralling to B, who
      goes for another five. A is charged with a punt return and credited with 10
      yards. B is not charged with a punt return but is credited with five yards.
  4. Incomplete lateral passes are scored as fumbles and yards lost are
    charged against the player who, in the statistician’s opinion, was responsible
    for the failure of the pass, subject to the provision of Section 5.
  5. Intercepted lateral passes are scored as fumbles and the passer is
    charged with a fumble lost.

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SECTION 8 – KICKING PLAYS

  1. Kicks that cross line of scrimmage:
    1. Punts are measured from the line of scrimmage to the point where
      the ball is recovered by a player, goes Out of Bounds or is otherwise declared
      dead.
    2. If the ball is punted over the Goal Line, the distance into the Goal
      Area will be included in the length of the punt.
    3. If the receiver touches the ball but it continues to roll downfield, the
      point of ultimate recovery will determine the distance of the punt.
    4. Should the receiver lose yards in attempting to run back a kick, the
      loss will be charged as a loss on punt returns, See Section 10. Where, however,
      the momentum of the kick forces the receiver backwards, such yardage
      lost in this manner will be added to the length of the kick. In cases
      where a receiver concedes a rouge by running back across the deadline, the
      kick will be measured only to the point possession was gained by the receiver.
    5. If the receiver should kick the ball back to the opponents, this will
      count as a punt and will be measured from the point of kick. This does not
      apply to dribbled balls which are dealt with in Section 11 on fumbles.
    6. If the kicker should recover own kick, or another onside player of
      that team should do so, the kick will count as a punt and the yardage measured
      to the point of recovery. Yards gained subsequent to the recovery will
      be recorded separately under Own Punts Recovered.
    7. An attempted field goal that fails to score becomes a punt and is
      subject to the section. For individual record purposes, however, missed field
      goal attempts are recorded separately from normal punts.
    8. Punts partially blocked that cross the line of scrimmage are treated
      as ordinary punts.
    9. An attempted punt that fails for any reason to cross the line of scrimmage
      will not be recorded as a punt since it could still evolve into a rushing
      or passing play, See Section 8(b).
    10. Distance of successful field goals are recorded on the scoring summary.
  2. Kicks that do not cross scrimmage line:
    1. If a kicker should attempt a kick from scrimmage and the ball fails to
      cross the line of scrimmage, this will not count as a punt but will be considered
      the same as a lateral pass behind the line of scrimmage. If legally
      recovered by a player on the kicker’s side, the eventual outcome of the play
      will determine the way it should be recorded, that is, if a forward pass is
      thrown it will become a passing play; otherwise, it is a rushing play.
    2. If recovered by the defending side, the kicker will be charged with a
      fumble lost and the yards lost from the line of scrimmage to the point of
      recovery will be charged as a Team Loss.
    3. If a blocked kick is recovered by the kicking team, the kicker will be
      charged with a fumble. The events after recovery will determine whether the
      play shall be recorded as a rushing play, passing play or Team Loss play.
    4. If such blocked kick is recovered by a defending player, the kicker
      will be charged with a fumble lost. The yards lost from the line of scrimmage
      to the point of recovery will be charged as a Team Loss under Section 5.
      Yards gained by the blocking team after recovery will be recorded under
      Fumble Returns, See Section 11.
    5. The name of the defending player blocking the kick will be recorded
      in the space provided on the statistics reporting forms. The type of kick
      attempt blocked should also be indicated (punt, convert or field goal).

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SECTION 9 – KICKOFFS

  1. Kickoffs are measured from the kickoff line to the point of recovery. If
    kicked over the deadline or Out of Bounds in the Goal Area without being
    touched by any player, the yardage will be recorded in the same manner as
    a punt into the End Zone. If kicked Out of Bounds in the field of play, the
    receiving team has the option of taking the ball at that point, taking the ball
    on its 45-yard line or having the kickoff repeated. If the receiving team elects
    to take the ball at the point it went Out of Bounds, the kickoff shall be recorded
    to that point and the kicking team charged with a penalty declined. If
    the ball is awarded to the receiving team at its 45-yard line, the yardage
    difference between that line and the point where the kickoff went Out of
    Bounds will be recorded as a penalty against the kicking team. If the kickoff
    has to be repeated, the kicking team will be charged with a penalty of five
    yards.
  2. The same rules for statistics purposes apply to kickoffs that apply to
    punts.

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SECTION 10 – KICK RETURNS

  1. Kick returns are recorded in three separate categories.
    1. Returns of punts,
    2. Returns of missed field goal attempts,
    3. Returns of kickoffs.
  2. Kick returns are measured from the point where the receiver gains
    possession of the ball to the point where the ball is declared dead or is lost
    by fumble or is kicked back. If the receiver loses yards on a kick return after
    gaining possession, such losses will be charged against the kick return yardage.
  3. When a penalty is called on a kick return for an offence such as clipping
    or illegal interference, the return will be measured to the point from
    which the penalty is applied.
  4. A receiver will not be charged with a kick return for conceding a single
    point without attempting to advance the ball or if a penalty is applied from
    the point of gaining possession of the ball, such as a No Yards penalty.
  5. Returns of missed field goal attempts are to be treated in the same
    manner as punt returns, since they are identical under the playing rules but
    are to be recorded separately from punt returns.

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SECTION 11 – FUMBLES

  1. On any play terminated by a fumble, the yards gained or lost to the
    point of recovery are credited or charged to the player who fumbled, regardless
    of which team recovers the ball.
    EXAMPLES:

    1. Player A carries the ball for five yards, is tackled and then fumbles.
      The ball goes forward for another three yards and is recovered by the opposition.
      A is credited with an eight-yard gain and charged with a fumble lost.
    2. Same play but ball goes backward three yards and is recovered by
      a player of A’s team. A is credited with a two-yard gain and charged with a
      fumble recovered.
  2. A player generally should not be charged with a fumble if that player
    recovers own fumble. However, if it is a flagrant fumble and opposing players
    have an opportunity to recover it, a fumble should be charged.
  3. The act of merely touching the ball is not necessarily possession. On
    the greased-pig type of scrambling for a fumbled ball, charge the original
    player for the fumble and credit the eventual recovery to the player who
    winds up with the ball. Ignore all momentary touching in between.
  4. The player who fumbles a ball Out of Bounds is to be charged with a
    fumble and an own team fumble recovery.
  5. Yards gained by a player subsequent to recovery of a teammate’s fumble
    will remain as part of the play giving rise to the fumble and will be regarded
    in the nature of a gain after a lateral pass, See Section 7. However, the
    player recovering such fumble will also be credited under Own Fumbles Recovered
    on the statistics report form.
  6. Yards gained by a player subsequent to recovery of an opposition fumble
    is covered under Fumble Returns, See Section 12.
  7. When a player fumbles the ball and it is recovered by another player of
    the same team, the continuing action shall be regarded as part of the same
    play leading up to the fumble.
    EXAMPLES:

    1. Team A runningback carries the ball for 10 yards, fumbles and it is
      recovered by a Team A lineman, who then carries the ball for seven more
      yards before the play is stopped.
      NOTE – This was a 17-yard rushing play. The runningback is charged with
      one carry for 10 yards while the lineman is not charged with a carry but is
      given credit for seven yards rushing.
    2. Team A has the ball on Team B’s 30-yard line. Team A quarterback
      throws a pass to the Team A receiver, who carries the ball to the Team B five
      yard line and fumbles. The ball continues on into the Team B End Zone where
      it is fallen on by a Team A player.
    3. NOTE – Team A quarterback is credited with a completed TD pass for 30
      yards. The receiver is credited with a catch for 30 yards but no TD. The Team
      A player who recovered the ball is credited with a TD receiving but with no
      catch or yards.

  8. Team A punts to Team B on third down. The Team B player returns
    the ball for 10 yards, fumbles and the ball is picked up by another Team B
    player who carries it for 15 more yards.
    NOTE – The Team B punt return is 25 yards. The first Team B player is credited
    with a return and 10 yards. The second Team B player is not credited
    with a return but is credited with 15 yards.

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SECTION 12 – FUMBLE RETURNS

  1. This category deals with the recovery and returns of opposition fumbles
    including these situations:

    1. Yards gained following recovery of a blocked punt or field goal attempt.
    2. Yards gained following interception of a lateral pass.
  2. Fumble returns are measured from the point of recovery to the point
    the play becomes dead or possession is lost on a subsequent fumble.
  3. Dribbling a loose ball downfield will be considered a fumble return.

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SECTION 13 – PENALTIES

  1. Five items are recorded with regard to penalties:
    1. Times Penalized,
    2. Yards Penalized,
    3. First Downs Gained by Penalties,
    4. Penalties Declined By,
    5. Gains Forfeited on Penalties.
  2. Times Penalized include those penalties declined by the opposition,
    double penalties against both teams that are often cancelled out against
    each other and multiple penalties called against one team on a single play.
  3. Yards Penalized are measured from the point of penalty to the point
    where the ball is next put into play.
  4. Refer to Section 1 for treatment of first downs gained by penalties.
  5. Gains Forfeited by Penalty are the yardage gains that would normally
    be recorded by the offence on offensive plays from scrimmage and have
    been nullified by application of a penalty. Gains Forfeited by Penalty do not
    occur on special teams plays, nor do they occur on defensive return plays
    (i.e. fumble returns, interception returns).

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SECTION 14 – SCORING PLAYS

  1. A touchdown (six points) will be credited to the player scoring it. Yardage
    gained on a scrimmage play or the return of a punt, kickoff, interception
    or fumble that resulted in the score will also be recorded in the appropriate
    category.
  2. A Convert or Point After Touchdown will be credited to the player completing
    the play. It may be scored in three ways:

    1. By kicking a field goal, in which case the kicker receives credit for
      one point.
    2. By completing a forward pass, in which case the receiver gets credit
      for two points. The pass attempt and yards gained will be included in the
      game totals for passing and in the individual records of the passer and receiver.
    3. By carrying the ball across the Goal Line. The ball carrier will be
      credited with two points as well as with the yards gained rushing.
    4. A defensive player may score a two-point convert by legally gaining
      possession of the ball and advancing it across his opponent’s Goal Line. The
      yardage gained or lost will be recorded in the appropriate category (missed
      field goal convert return, interception return and/or fumble return).
  3. Field Goal (three points) is credited to the kicker. The yardage on successful
    field goals is recorded using the yard line closest to the front of the
    kicking tee or the holder’s spot.
  4. Safety Touch (two points) is credited as a team score only and no
    individual credit is to be given to any player.
  5. Single (one point) is credited to the player who kicked the ball across
    the Goal Line.
  6. When a score is made on the final play of any quarter, it shall be timed
    at 15:00.

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SECTION 15 – GOAL AREA

Distance into the Goal Area is measured only in the following circumstances:

  1. Team A kicks the ball into the Goal Area, where it is recovered by Team
    B receiver 10 yards deep. The 10 yards is included in the total length of the
    punt or kickoff measured from the line of scrimmage or the line of kickoff.
  2. In the above example, Team B receiver runs the ball out of the End
    Zone to the Team B five-yard line and is credited with a kick return of 15
    yards.
  3. In the same example, Team B receiver immediately concedes a single
    point. He shall not be charged with a return.
  4. In the same example, Team B receiver runs around in the End Zone
    and eventually concedes a single point. That receiver shall be charged with
    a return and the yards gained or lost since gaining possession of the ball.

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SECTION 16 – QUARTERBACK SACKS

A quarterback sack is awarded to a Team B player whenever the Team A
quarterback is in possession of the ball behind the line of scrimmage and:

  1. Is tackled for a loss of yards by a Team B player or,
  2. Is forced out of bounds behind the line of scrimmage to avoid imminent
    contact with a Team B player or,
  3. Is forced by a Team B player to fumble the football and the play concludes
    with a turnover or loss of yards.

NOTE – In condition (iii) listed above, the play does not have to terminate for
a quarterback sack to be awarded.

NOTE – In condition (iii) listed above, the Team B player is also to be credited
with a forced fumble.

NOTE – The yards lost by Team A in any of the above situations shall be
charged to Team A under Team Losses. The yards lost shall also be credited
to the Team B player under Quarterback Sacks in the defensive stats section.

NOTE – If the sack results in a safety touch score, the Team B player will be
credited with the sack and the yards lost to the goal line but not the two (2)
points scored, which is a Team score.

NOTE – It is possible for the quarterback to be sacked for a loss of zero (0)
yards, if the sack is less than one (1) yard.

It is not a quarterback sack but a rushing loss if:

  1. The quarterback voluntarily steps out of bounds behind the line of scrimmage
    without being threatened by imminent contact with an opponent or,
  2. The Team A player attempting to pass is any player other than a quarterback
    or,
  3. The quarterback is tackled with the ball in possession at or across,
    but not behind, the line of scrimmage or,
  4. The quarterback attempts a short yardage sneak play and fails to
    reach the line of scrimmage or,
  5. The quarterback voluntary terminates the play by dropping to the ground
    on one knee. In this case, do not score a rushing loss, instead, score the
    play as a Team Loss.
  6. The quarterback is called for intentional grounding. In this case, score
    a penalty for zero (0) yards and the appropriate yardage lost against Team A
    as a Team Loss. Do not score the play as a rushing loss.

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SECTION 17 – DRIBBLED BALL

A dribbled ball occurs when the ball is kicked while not in the possession or
control of a player, i.e. a loose ball following a fumble, a blocked kick, a
kickoff or a kick from scrimmage. Such a dribbled ball may be legally touched
or recovered by the kicker or an onside player.

Net yards gained or lost, or points scored will be recorded in the same manner
as the play in which the dribbling occurred.

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SECTION 18 – TACKLES

Whenever a player is tackled while possessing the ball, only one opponent
shall be credited with a solo tackle. Tackles will be recorded on all plays.
Defensive and Special Teams Tackles will be recorded separately. The yards
lost shall be credited to the player making the defensive tackle and will be
identified as a Tackle for Loss.

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SECTION 19 – RATINGS

Leaders for CFL statistical categories are determined by the following guidelines:

  1. Rushing Average leaders are based on a minimum of 10 carries in a
    game, 100 for a season and 500 for a career.
  2. Pass Reception Average leaders are based on a minimum of three
    catches in a game, times the number of games played by that player’s team
    in a season for season total ratings and 200 catches for a career.
  3. Punting Average leaders are based on a minimum of five punts in a
    game, 100 for a season and 1,000 for a career.
  4. Passing Percentage Leaders based on a minimum of 20 passes per
    game for a single game, a season and a career.
  5. Passing Efficiency leaders based on a minimum of 20 passes per game,
    300 passes for a season and 2,000 passes for a career.
  6. Field Goal Accuracy is the percentage determined by dividing the number
    of field goals attempted into the number of field goals successful. The
    Field Goal Accuracy leaders are based on a minimum of 20 attempts in a
    season and 100 attempts in a career.
  7. Field Goal Average is the distance determined by dividing the number
    of field goals successful into the total yardage of field goals. The Field Goal
    Average leaders are based on a minimum of 20 attempts in a season and
    100 attempts in a career.

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SECTION 20 – NET PUNTING AVERAGE

Net Punting Average shall be calculated by dividing the total number of punt
attempts into the total number of punting yards, minus the punt return yards.
Leaders are based on five punt attempts in a game, 100 for a season and
1,000 for a career.

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SECTION 21 – FORCED FUMBLES

A Forced Fumble is credited to a player who makes contact with an opposing
ball carrier causing a fumble as defined in Section 11. It is possible that the
player forcing the fumble may also receive credit for a fumble recovery and
return.

  1. If a Team B player makes contact with a quarterback causing that
    quarterback to fumble the ball behind the line of scrimmage and the quarterback
    recovers the ball, the Team B player will not be credited with a forced
    fumble (the Team B player receives credit for a quarterback sack in this
    instance).
  2. A Team B player, who makes contact with a Team A player causing that
    player to fumble after crossing the line of scrimmage, will be given credit for
    a forced fumble regardless of the outcome of the play.

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SECTION 22 – PASS KNOCKDOWNS

A pass knockdown is credited to a Team B player who makes a Team A pass
attempt become an incompletion by contacting the football in any manner.

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SECTION 23 – TIME OF POSSESSION

Time of Possession is to be recorded by CFL Stats Crews and is to be credited
to a Team whenever it is in possession of the football.

For kicking plays such as kickoffs, punts and missed field goals, Team B’s
possession starts upon the successful control of the football.

The total Time of Possession (Team A’s TOP plus Team B’s TOP) for every
CFL game must equal 60 minutes (60:00).

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SECTION 24 – DETERMINING LINE OF SCRIMMAGE

For statistical purposes, the line of scrimmage will be the yard line closest to
the front of the ball (the front being the end of the ball farthest from the
Team A Goal Line as defined in the Rule Book: Rule 4, Section 1, Article 1),
except when the ball is resting inside the one-yard line, it will then be considered
to be on the one-yard line.

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