Major League Football (MLF) Rules:
- All MLF & MPFL Teams have 53 players on the roster, with the rosters being made up in a number of ways
a) The previous years' players.
b) Players signed from the Spring League (they must not play in any preseason game).
c) Rookies drafted in the Professional Football Draft (PFD).
d) All players are considered active.
e) All teams must have at least 2 kickers.
- All MLF & MPFL teams will employ 8 coaches, including the head coach, an offensive and a defensive coordinator, four position coaches, and one special teams coordinator; each team will also be assigned and limited to 8 football operations staff.
- The MLF preseason begins on the first Thursday of August with the MLF's Hall of Fame Weekend with the Hall of Fame Game between the previous season's Super Bowl contestants.
- Each team plays 2 preseason games (1h/1a) beginning on the second Thursday of August and ending one week later (i.e. Super Bowl Champion & Runner-up will play 3 preseason games).
- Each team plays a 21-week season beginning on the third full week of August and ending in mid-January with 18 games & 3 bye weeks:
a) Each team plays 2 games (1h/1a) against each of the other 5 teams in its division, with everyone’s divisional games in the first & last 5 weeks of the regular season (10 Games).
b) Each team plays 1 game (3h/3a) against each of the six teams from the other in-conference division (6 Games).
c) Each team plays 2 games (any combination of 1h, 1a, or 1n) against 1 team from the division of the same name in the other conference based on the final division standings from the prior season (i.e. Eastern North #1 plays Western North #1, etc.) (2 Games). These games will either be played at either 1) One of the team's stadiums, 2) A neutral site in the US with no professional football team with 700 mi of either franchise (especially for testing new cities for an expansion franchise in either the MLF or MPFL), or 3) An approved international stadium for the Gridiron Football International Series.
- The Gridiron Football International Series:
a) The NFL International Series is a series of NFL regular-season games being held internationally across the world.
b) Sites = 1) Twickenham Stadium (82,000) in London, 2) Croke Park (82,000) in Dublin, 3) Northumberland Development Project (61,559) in London, 4) Estadio Azteca (87,000) in Mexico City, 5) Millennium Stadium (74,500) in Cardiff Wales, 6) Murrayfield Stadium (67,144) in Edinburgh Scotland, 7) Rogers Center (54,000) in Toronto, 8) Olympiastadion (74,475) in Berlin, 9) Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys (55,926) in Barcelona, 10) Shanghai Stadium (56,842) in Shanghai.
- Overtime Format:
a) The extra period begins at the 30-yard line, and each team is given the opportunity to score a touchdown or field goal; After the first team completes its drive with a score or turnover, the opposing team has the same opportunity from the 30-yard line.
b) If the teams are still tied after the second team's possession, they must play another period. If the game goes into a third overtime, they can no longer kick extra points after touchdowns and must instead attempt a two-point conversion.
- Bonus Points System:
a) 4 points for winning a game
b) 2 points for drawing a game
c) 0 points for losing a game
d) 1 bonus point for losing by 8 points (or fewer) or in overtime.
e) 1 bonus point for scoring at least 4 touchdowns.
- All players must weigh no more than 300lb / 136.078 kg.
- All teams must either 1) go for a field goal or 2) attempt to gain a first down on 4th & 1 (and shorter).
- There is a mandatory play stoppage with 2 minutes remaining in each half.
- Kickoffs will be administered from the kicking team's 25-yard line, as to decrease touchbacks and increase coverage opportunities.
- Prior to the snap of the ball = all offensive & defensive backfielders and receivers, except the quarterback, are allowed unlimited motion provided that they remain more than one yard behind the line of scrimmage, but all offensive & defensive linemen must not move.
- No Yards Rule = All punt or kick coverage teams must give a 5 yard empty zone around the opposing receiver until he has received the ball. Kick or punt receivers must field all kicks and punts, with no exceptions. An unhandled ball from a place kick or punt may be legally recovered by the kicker. In such a case, the kicker is exempt from the No Yards rule. Thus, a player from Team A may punt or kick the ball 40 yards, chase the ball upfield, then recover an untouched ball for a Team A first down. Such instances are rare since the player would have to elude plenty of blocking to reach the ball. When it does happen, this play is highly exciting. The ball is live under almost all circumstances during a legal play within bounds at any time during the game except for incomplete forward passes.
- Scoring System = 6 points for a touchdown, 1 for a kicked convert, 2 for a passed or rushed convert (2yds), 3 for a passed or rushed convert (5yds), 3 for a field goal under 50 yards, 4 for a field goal 50 yards and over, 2 for a safety touch, 1 for a rouge.
A) A rouge (also called a single) is awarded to a kicking or punting team (Team A) if an opposing player (Team B) either 1) catches or recovers a punt or a missed field goal in his own end zone but is prevented by Team A from returning the ball back out onto the field of play, 2) elects to drop to one knee while still in the end zone before having returned the ball to the field of play, or 3) elects to run with the ball from the end zone out of bounds rather than enter the field of play.
B) A rouge is also awarded to a defense (Team A) if they either 1) force an interception, 2) recover a fumble, 3) block a field goal, or 4) force a turnover on downs (unless the turnover happens a 4th & 1 play).
- All MLF & MPFL Teams will have a salary cap of 2017 US$167 million for both players & coaches; this rate must be adjusted for inflation every year.
- All MLF & MPFL players will make a base salary of $16,000-166,666 per week, for a total of $288,000-3,000,000 in the regular season.
- The bottom 8 teams (2 per division) in Major League Football (based on points) will be demoted to the Minor Professional Football League.
- The top 8 teams (2 per division) in the Minor Professional Football League (based on points) will be promoted to Major League Football.