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2020 college football rule changes

On Wednesday, the National Football Foundation and the College Hall of Fame highlighted college football rule changes for us. They are summarized below:

  • Officials jurisdiction has been extended by 30 minutes- from 60 minutes prior to kick off to 90 minutes. 
  • A player can remain in the team area even after being disqualified for targeting. 
  • For jerseys and numbering, “0” has now been made legal, however no more than 2 team members can wear the same jersey number. 
  • On a kicking play from the line of scrimmage, rather than the one second before contact can be made on the center rule, defenders cannot align over the center.
  • If a replay at the end of a half determines that there was time still left on the clock when the ball should've been dead, and time remaining was determined to be less than 3 seconds, the half is ended. This does not effect incomplete passes and runners out of bounds.
  • Along these same lines, the expectation is that Instant Replay will not be more than 2 minutes unless the decision has end of game impacts.

The following rule changes are the result of COVID adjustments. 

  • Team boxes are expanded from the 25 yard lines to the 15 yard lines creating additional space to allow for social distancing. 
  • Coin toss is now limited to one player representative from each team with the officials. 
  • If teams choose to wear medical masks, there can be no design, insignia or slogans and must be team colors.
  • Commemorative patches no larger than 2 ¼ inches may be placed on the front or sleeve of uniform. This rule change comes in wake of social justice movements. 

There are some slight changes to officiating protocols due to COVID 19 as well, such as moving to use of electronic whistles. 

Check out the details of the rules here.