BAFA Rules Committee

Rule changes for 2016

The BAFA Rules Committee has announced the rule changes that will be brought into play on 1st March (except for the remainder of the BUCS season).

BAFA rulebooks


2016 BAFA rulebook

  • Press release on rule changes
  • 2016 rule changes (PDF)
  • 9-on-9 rules variations (PDF)
  • 8-on-8 rules variations (PDF)
  • 7-on-7 Sapphire rules variations (PDF)
  • 5-on-5 rules variations (PDF)
  • 5-on-5 Sapphire rules variations (PDF)


  • Flag rules (PDF) from IFAF (2015 edition)
    • BAFA Notes on 2015 flag rules (PDF)

More information on the rules

  • Questions and answers on medical facilities and risk assessment (since 2014)
  • More info on particular rule changes:
    • 40/25-second play clocks (since 2015)
    • Running clock rule (since 2015)
    • Blocking below the waist (since 2014)
    • Summary of Team A blocking below the waist rules (since 2014)
    • Targeting (since 2015)
  • Advice on field markings (since 2015)

BAFA Regulations

  • BAFA Regulations (PDF)
    • 2015 press release on new regulations
  • Current league regulations varying the playing rules


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