CFL approves replay of pass interference


The Canadian Football League will allow its coaches to challenge pass interference penalties as well as plays where pass interference may have occurred, the league announced Thursday on its website.

The pass interference calls will be reviewed at the CFL’s centralized officiating Command Centre in Toronto.

According to CFL rules, coaches can use up to three challenges per game, with the third earned if the first two are successful. In the final three minutes, a team is able to challenge pass interference just once. The team must have a challenge and a timeout, the latter of which is surrendered if a play reviewed in the hopes of drawing pass interference is judged to have no penalty.

In a recent PFT poll, more than 73 percent of respondents indicated they would like pass interference to be reviewable in NFL games.

11 responses to “CFL approves replay of pass interference

  1. Absolutely agree with this. Pass Interference needs to be reviewable. I see far too many of these either wrong or missed calls far too often.

  2. I don’t like that you can review it if it wasn’t called. I’m all for it being reviewed if it’s called, but not whe there isn’t a penalty.

  3. One thing not mentioned in this is that in the CFL teams get only 1 timeout per half, so if you’re wrong on your first challenge you can’t challenge again that half.

  4. Needs to apply to “Illegal Contact” too.

    If that had been implemented in 2009, The Vikings would have won the Super Bowl instead of the Saints, after the phantom pass interference call on Ben Leber who contacted exactly zero Saints players on the play where the game-deciding ghost call took place. It’s absolute nonsense that the NFL can dictate the outcome of games simply by rigging the officiating crew.

  5. Irrefutable evidence on a very “subjective call” is a tough hurdle. I wouldn’t expect many challenges being upheld, even if this came to pass in the NFL.

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