IFAF Rules Committee

IFAF Rules Committee


IFAF Playing Rules

2024 edition

Rule change 2024 summary document (PDF)

Errata list

Front sections

Adobe PDF

Foreword and Table of Contents

Rules changes for 2024 PDF
Points of Emphasis PDF
The Football Code PDF

Rules and interpretations

Introduction PDF
Rule 1 The Game, Field, Players and Equipment PDF
Rule 2 Definitions PDF
Rule 3 Periods, Time Factors and Substitutions PDF
Rule 4 Ball in Play, Dead Ball, Out of Bounds PDF
Rule 5 Series of Downs, Line to Gain PDF
Rule 6 Kicks PDF
Rule 7 Snapping and Passing the Ball PDF
Rule 8 Scoring PDF
Rule 9 Conduct of Players and Others Subject to Rules PDF
Rule 10 Penalty Enforcement PDF
Rule 11 The Officials, Jurisdiction and Duties PDF
Rule 12 Video Judge PDF

Tail sections

Summary of Penalties PDF
Officials' Signals PDF
Appendices A-C
  1. Guidelines for Serious On-Field Player Injury
  2. Lightning Guidelines
  3. Concussion Guidelines
Appendix D Field Diagrams and Notes for groundsmen PDF

Appendix E Equipment Guidelines


A-Z index of Rules PDF

Single file

Download the entire rulebook PDF

The online copy will incorporate any corrections identified after the printed version has gone to press.

Notes on the background colour coding in the HTML files

This also shows differences between IFAF and British American Football Association (BAFA) rules.

Colour Meaning
Beige Text changed this year
Red BAFA only
Blue NCAA only
Green IFAF only
Yellow IFAF and BAFA
Aqua IFAF and NCAA
Fuchsia BAFA and NCAA