Rules of NAL Football and the Basics of the Game

Game System and Rules of the Game


  • An indoor padded surface 85 feet wide and 50 yards long with eight-yard end zones.
  • Goal posts are nine feet wide with a crossbar height of 15 feet (NFL goal posts are 18-1/2 feet wide with the crossbar at 10 feet)..



  • Eight players on the field; 21-man active roster; three-man inactive roster.
  • Four (4) offensive players must line up on the line of scrimmage.
  • Three (3) defensive players must be down linemen (in a three of four-point stance). One linebacker may blitz on either side of the center.
  • Alignment is two (2) or more yards off the line of scrimmage. No stunting or twisting.
  • Offensive motion: One receiver may go in forward motion before the snap.


  • Four 15-minute quarters with a 15-minute halftime.
  • The clock stops for out-of-bounds plays or incomplete passes only in the last minute of each half or when the referee deems it necessary for penalties, injuries or timeouts.
  • Each team is allowed three (3) time-outs per half.



  • Four (4) downs are allowed to advance the ball ten (10) yards for a first down, or to score.
  • Six (6) points for a touchdown.
  • One (1) point when kickoff returner fails to bring ball of of his own end zone and is tackled.
  • One (1) point for a conversion by place kick after a touchdown, two (2) points for a conversion by drop kick and two (2) points for successful run or pass after a touchdown.
  • Three (3) points for a field goal by placement or four (4) points for a field goal by drop kick.
  • Two (2) points for a safety.


  • Kickoffs are from the goal line. Kickers may use a one-inch tee.
  • Punting is illegal. On fourth down, a team may go for a first down, touchdown or field goal.
  • The receiving team may field any kickoff, if they fail to pass the goal line the kicking team will be awarded one (1) point (“A Uno”).
  • Any kickoff untouched which is out of bounds will be placed at the 20-yard line or the place where it went out of bounds, whichever is more advantageous to the receiving team.
  • If the kick passes through the uprights during a kickoff, the kicking team will be awarded two (2) points. (“A Deuce”).


  • Passing rules in NAL Football are the same as outdoor NCAA Football in which receivers must have one foot in bounds. A unique exception involves the a ball that hits the wall in flight. A forward pass that rebounds off the wall is a live ball and is in play until it touches the playing surface.


  • Overtime is conducted the same as in NCAA Football. Each overtime period consists of a two-possession series with each team getting one possession on offense and one on defense. The team on offense will always start at the designated 25-yard line (unless relocated by a penalty). 
  • The team that scores the most points during regulation and overtime wins the game. If the game is still tied after an overtime period, there will be another overtime period.
  • Beginning with the third overtime period, teams that score a touchdown must attempt a two-point conversion.



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