Canadian Football: Not Your Average Football GameThe Canadian Football League (CFL) functions quite a bit differently than the NFL.
By: Cody Sultan, Sibley Scribe
Sure the Canadian Football League (CFL) has served as stomping grounds for future American (NFL) players like Warren Moon, but in truth, it is a very different game than we are used to. Here are some differences that make the CFL what it is.
1. Crowded- Or so you might think. The CFL uses one more player per side (12) on the field than the NFL.
2. Bigger- There is more room on the field for the inflated amount of players. Their fields are 110 yards long by 65 yards wide with two 20-yard end zones. NFL fields are 100 by 53.5 plus two 10-yard end zones.
3. Faster- Teams only have 20 seconds to begin a play opposed to the NFL’s 45 seconds.
4. Athletic- Players are smaller and quicker in the CFL. There are also fewer players on a roster, leaving more players to play on special teams. They must be able to play more minutes on the field.
5. Unforgiving- The offense only gets three downs to get ten yards opposed to the four downs in America.
6. Rouge- Also called a single, it is when a receiving team is stopped in their end zone during a punt or kickoff. The kicking team will receive one point if this occurs.
7. Slotback- A tight end like receiver who does not have to line up with the offensive line. Some plays might include several slotbacks in the game at once.
8. Maneuver- Any member of the offense’s backfield (excluding quarterback) or its receivers may maneuver behind the line of scrimmage prior to the snap of the ball. Only one receiver may move parallel to the ball at once in America.
9. Convert- During a two-point conversion, the opposing team can return the ball to the other end zone and receive two points for their team. One point can be gained by returning a one-point conversion. Also, a team can get a touchdown by returning a botched field goal by the other team.
10. Finally- Other differences in the CFL include a three-minute warning instead of a two-minute warning. After the brief intermission, time is stopped after each play ends, making the last minutes seem like an eternity. Also, the goal posts are over the goal line instead of ten yards behind. Lastly, defensive players line up one yard from the line of scrimmage instead of directly opposite.