What's the Official Rule? Is there one? Where?

As some of you have discovered the CFL Official Playing Rules appear to be somewhat ambiguous to we ordinary folks.

I have a question regarding the attempting of a "field goal."

According to the official rules, a field goal can be attempted by way of placing the ball on the ground or by the drop kick method. This is spelled out in the rules, under "Scoring - Field Goal". What I cannot find in the rules is; when can a field goal be attempted? Shouldn't the rules include "when"?

Using my interpretation of the rules, I as a player can catch a pass and, before being tackled, dropkick a ball through the uprights for a field goal and 3 points.

Can anybody direct me to the rule in the Official Rules which prevents this action from being a legal scoring play?

Please cite the rule, section, and article in your reply to prove my interpretation incorrect. Thanks!

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There is nothing in the rules to prevent this scenario. I can't remember the last time it was attempted (mightypope, please help), but it IS a valid play.

i agree with sigpig.
i think the only time it's not valid is during a convert play.

So it's clear, allow me to add to the mentioned senario.... the pass is caught 25 yds downfield.


yup. the play still stands.

Only if the recovering player was behind the kicker at the time of the ball being kicked, other wise the 5 yard rule is in effect.

Another note of interest. If a player performs a drop kick or a quick and is hit afterwards, a "roughing the kicker" penalty will not apply, as the defending player had no indication of the kick.

Fletch, he's only asking about kicking a field goal, not recovering it.
But yes, as on any kick, anyone behind the kicker can recover it.

I’ve gotta dig through those rules, but I’m sure that you can’t get awarded 3 points unless the ball is kicked from behind the line of scrimmage. Other than that, you can only get a punt single.

Same as you can’t throw a forard pass unless you’re behind the line of scrimmage.

Gotta check that though, but I’ll be surprised if you can get three after you’ve crossed the line.

Can recall this being attempted back in the '60's or '70's as a means of scoring 3 at the end of a tight game, where the D went into "Prevent"...

The QB passes the ball forward about 10-15 yards, with all other receivers going deep (apparently for the "Statue of Liberty" like toss), and he catches to achieve "possession", then drops the ball so it "just" touches the turf, and legs it through the uprights, with nobody on the rush...

It was probably Ron Lancaster that came up with the play, passing to Alan Ford who doubled as a tight end and a punter for Saskatchewan, as there aren't many, even in history, that would have the creativity, to say nothing of the skill sets, to come up with making the play "doable"...mind, I CAN recall it being attempted!

Article 2: Field Goal

A field goal is scored by a drop kick or place kick (except on a kick-off) when the ball, after being kicked and without again touching the ground goes over the cross bar and between the goal posts (or goal posts produced) of the opponent's goal.

The ball shall be dead immediately when it crosses the cross bar.

After a field goal the team scored against may kick-off or scrimmage the ball as first down at its own 35 yard line or require the scoring team to kick-off from its 35 yard line.

AR Team A attempts a field goal. After the ball is kicked and before crossing the line of scrimmage it touches or is touched by a player of either team and then proceeds through the uprights and over the crossbar in flight. Ruling - Field Goal.

AR Team A attempts a field goal. After the ball has crossed the line of scrimmage it touches or is touched by a Team B player before it proceeds through the uprights and above the crossbar in flight. Ruling - Field Goal.

here's what I found on google

[url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drop_kick#American_and_Canadian_football]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drop_kick# ... n_football[/url]

In both American football and Canadian football, one method of scoring a field goal or extra point is by drop-kicking the football through the goal.

The drop kick was often used as a surprise tactic. The ball would be snapped or lateraled to a back, who would perhaps fake a run or pass, but then would kick the field goal instead.

This method of scoring worked well in the 1920s and 1930s, when the football was rounder at the ends (similar to a modern rugby ball). Early football stars such as Jim Thorpe and Paddy Driscoll were skilled drop-kickers.

In 1934, the ball was made more pointed at the ends. This made passing the ball easier, as was its intent, but made the drop kick obsolete, as the more pointed ball did not bounce up from the ground reliably. The drop kick was supplanted by the place kick, which cannot be attempted out of a formation generally used as a running or passing set. The drop kick remains in the rules, but is seldom seen, and rarely effective when attempted.

The only execution of the drop kick in recent years in the NFL was by Doug Flutie, reserve quarterback of the New England Patriots, against the Miami Dolphins on January 1, 2006 for an extra point after a touchdown. Since Doug Flutie estimated that he had "probably an 80 percent chance" of making a drop kick[1] and regular place-kicked point after attempts have a much higher probability of being good, the kick was not a strategic move. After the game New England coach Bill Belichick said "I think Doug deserves it"[2] and Flutie said "I just thanked him for the opportunity".[3] This was the first successful drop kick in the NFL in over 64 years since it was executed by Ray "Scooter" McLean of the Chicago Bears in their 37-9 victory over the New York Giants on December 21, 1941 in the NFL championship game at Chicago's Wrigley Field. Though it wasn't part of the NFL at the time, the All-America Football Conference saw its last drop kick November 28, 1948 when Joe Vetrano of the San Francisco 49ers dropkicked an extra point after a muffed snap against the Cleveland Browns.[4]

Prior to Flutie's historic drop-kick, the only recent vocal proponent of the drop-kick in the NFL had been Jim McMahon, quarterback for several NFL teams. During the 1980s, while playing in Chicago, McMahon regularly practiced the drop kick, and was known to frequently petition Bears head coach Mike Ditka for an opportunity to use the maneuver. Ditka, who regarded the play as an anachronism, never allowed it.

In August 1974, Tom Wilkinson, quarterback for the Edmonton Eskimos, attempted a drop-kick field goal in the final seconds of a 20-2 romp over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He missed. This may have been the last time the play was deliberately attempted in the CFL.

Exclusively in Canadian football, the drop kick can be attempted beyond or behind the line of scrimmage. Any player on the kicking team behind the kicker, and including the kicker, can recover the kick. A drop kick that goes out of bounds is considered a change of possession.

During one game in the 1980's Hamilton Tiger-Cats wide receiver Earl Winfield was unable to field properly a punt and in frustration he kicked the ball out of bounds. The kick was considered a drop kick and it led to a change of possession and the team that punted regained possession of the ball.

The drop kick is most often used as a desperation play at the end of a game.