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28th January 2018

Printed copies of the 2018 IFAF rulebook are now available - see the instructions here.

20th December 2017

The 2018 IFAF rulebook has now been published. See the PDF and HTML versions.

The official summary list of rule changes is available here (in PDF format).

14th October 2017

The Spanish translation of the IAFOA Manual of Football Officiating (MOFO) is now available.

Press release with more details: Espanol / English.

7th October 2017

The IFAF Rules Committee has issued two bulletins relating to recent CFO rule bulletins. See Bulletin 2 and Bulletin 3.

Thanks go to Kalle Kivimaa for preparing these.

12th June 2017

The IFAF Rules Committee has issued a bulletin containing a new Approved Ruling.

20th March 2017

The new IAFOA Manual of Football Officiating (MOFO) is now available.

The 17th edition is once again the most comprehensive book ever written on the mechanics of football officiating. There is a new chapter covering the duties of the video judge, a complete revision of the chapter on keys to encompass all aspects of passing coverage, and much more. The duties of a Centre Judge are now fully integrated into the main parts of the book (sharing a chapter with Referee). There are changed responsibilities on a 5-man crew for free kicks, and changes to the onfield timekeeper and pre-game duties.

The PDF version can be downloaded from here, the HTML version is available here and there are two versions in print with different bindings.

21st April 2016

IFAF Rules Committee memo 2016/03 on Facemasks has been issued.

15th January 2016

IAFOA is open for membership. We welcome anyone who is an American football official.

We want the next generation of officials, whether they want to work international games or not, to have access to the best possible training and leadership from those officials who currently do work international games.

Sign up for free by registering on our Forum. Then contribute to the many discussions that take place there.

IMPORTANT: Your profile on the forum must display your full real name and country of residence - if not your registration may be declined.

General links



Rules 2018

Manual of Football Officiating (17th edition)


Rules 2017