CURRENT PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
BRITISH FOOTBALL LEAGUE
TEAMS
RULES
STANDINGS
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
PLAYOFFS
Rules
1. REGULAR SEASON SHEDULE
  1. BFL teamsare given their NFL affiliated team following the end of the previous NFL season and teams are announced in late December/January.
  2. The Schedule dates represent those for the NFL regular season from Weeks 1-11.
  3. Week 11 is when the BFL standings will be released and at the latest on the Tuesday (following Monday's games) or Monday (following Sunday's games) if none of Monday's games impact the final standings. The delay is due to UK time.
  4. This also applies for the Playoffs and the final date is the latest that a result will be available and will be announced the following day.

2. PLAYOFF TEAMS
  1. Official Standings are released following Week 11 of the NFL season.
  2. The North Division represents the AFC and the South Division represents the NFC. Teams are put in alphabetical order by NFL city/region (not team nickname) per NFL conference.
  3. If a team has a drawn game in the final standings, the drawn result is automatically given a win.
  4. The Playoffs' results follow the NFL's Weeks 12-13.
  5. The top 2 teams, per Division, qualify for the Playoffs for a total of 4 teams.
  6. Alot of other leagues, especially newer leagues (AAF (2019) & XFL (2020)) use semi-finals and cross-division playoffs but it was decided that regional playoffs was a better way to go and would hopefully minimise the chance of non-deserving teams playing in the playoffs.

3. SCORING
This is achieved as follows and in this order:
  1. The final full time score for each team is the primary score for the game.
  2. If this results in a tie, then each quarter score by each team is added as overtime until an outright winner is found to a maximum total of 4 OTs.
  3. If this still results in a tie, then the very first score (touchdown or field goal or safety) by each team is added as overtime and this procedure will be added until no more scores are available for that week and ultimately this should result in an outright winner. This means that there is no limit as to how many overtime scores are used to break the tie.
  4. If the tie still cannot be broken, then the following week's game will follow procedures 2-3 until the tie is broken.
  5. If the score is decided by way of a following week's score then the score could be far higher than normal scores and could mirror that of indoor/arena football scores.
The above procedures should be sufficient to break tied games.

4. BYE WEEKS
If teams have bye weeks then this system will be used:
  • The NFL teams representing BFL teams, who do not have bye weeks but have not qualified for the BFL Playoffs, will represent the teams (alphabetical order) that have made the BFL Playoffs but have a bye week during any stage of the Playoffs (Weeks 11-13).
Updated: 03 august 2019