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)..
THE PLAYERS AND FORMATIONS
- 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.
MOVEMENT OF THE BALL AND SCORING
- 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.