UPDATED ON November 18, 2016

Added §14.4, §14.4.1, §14.4.2, §14.4.3, §14.4.4, and §18.5

Adjustments to §13.1 and §19.2


Welcome to the Continental Football Association Rules Page!

Please scroll through and read our rules page to get a good feel of how the league operates.


How are games played?

   This is likely the first question everyone will ask. The Continental Football Association (CFA) is an Online Multiplayer League. The league is run in a program called Draft Day Sports: Pro Football 16. If you do not own this game, please click the link and check it out. You will be required to own a copy of the game in order to be a member of our league.


How often are games played?

   The Continental Football Association (CFA) plays twice a week on Sunday (at 10am CST) and Wednesday (at 5:30pm CST).


NOTE: Times are subject to change at any given time depending on the circumstances of the Commissioner. The days, however, are not subject to change (See §2).


In-Game Stuff:

§1) Loading the League File

   Copy to following link:



Secondly, go into DDS:PF16 and go to:

File > Open > ‘Load Online League’ > paste the above link into the box and hit ‘Continue’


After the first time doing that you will not have to enter it in again. Instead you’ll go to:

File > Open > ‘Load Local League’ > and find the URL listed above and hit ‘Continue’


§2) How/When to Export Files

   §2.1) Interim Update

      §2.1.1) Transactions will be processed during Interim Updates. Trades, cuts, and Free Agent signings are all examples of these transactions. You will have until the deadline (See §2.1.2) to post these transactions on the forum.

      §2.1.2) The deadline for these transactions are as follows; Tuesday at 5:30pm CT and Saturday at 10:00am CT. Anything after these times will not be processed until AFTER the games are run on the following day.

      §2.1.3) What if a player is injured before it can be processed? That’s a question I’ll be getting often. The answer is simple. I will give all parties involved in the trade a chance to void or update their trade. You will have until the following Interim Update to decide how to figure things out. If there is no progress made before the next Interim Update I will void the trade myself.


NOTE: I will email the league once I do the Interim Update.


   §2.2) Game Day Update

      Sunday (10am CST) and Wednesday (6pm CST) I will do an update for Game Day! On this day you will also load from the .bin file.


NOTE: Anything sent in 30 minutes before the update are subject to not being included.


   §2.3) How to Export

      §2.3.1) The first thing you should do EVERY time is DOWNLOAD the latest .bin file. This is key to your export being successful.

      §2.3.2) In order to do exports make sure you have completed ALL tasks you wanted to do before you’re ready to export. Once you are, just press the ‘export’ button on the team page menu bar (above the standings and team stats).


NOTE: Always do an export and then save your game file when you’re done making all of your changes. Do not forget to save your file.


NOTE: Please do not make any changes to your team’s logos/colors. If you have a specific design give me, or our Senior Team Designer, a copy so that I can make it in template I use so all teams look the same. If you do make a change, I will just change it right back to the way I had it, so it would be a waste of time on your part to change it.  You may change your Head Coach and personal info, however.


   §2.4) What if I need to do another export?

      In case you forgot to include something in your export, load the league file that is saved on your ‘Open’ section named ‘CFA’ and do another export. If I do an Interim Update just download the latest .bin file and export from there.


   §2.5) What if DDS:PF16 has an update?

      In the case that there is update for DDS:PF16 you must do the following:

1) Do NOT update DDS:PF16 immediately.

2) Export any changes you have made.

3) Update your version of DDS:PF16.

4) Download the new .bin file once I’ve posted that there has been an update.


We will need to be in sync when doing this. In order to keep things from being screwed up I, the commissioner, will orchestrate when to update our league files. This day will likely be during an Interim Update or on a Game Day Update.


NOTE: Failure to do this correctly will cause an invalid file and you will have to export again correctly.


   §2.6) Forced Removal from League

      If you are inactive (not exporting) for three consecutive weeks you will be sent a ‘warning email’. If you do not respond and do not export for the fourth consecutive week you will be permanently removed from the league.


§3) Injuries

   Just like real football, there are injuries. They range from less severe ‘Ankle sprains’ to Season Ending ‘ACL/MCL tears’. There are also Day-to-Day injuries. A player can even be suspended for League or Team Rule Violations.


§4) Depth Chart

   This is likely something you will only set once, unless you need to make some changes because of lack of production or whatever reason. Also note that the CPU will automatically send in backups when a starter goes down. So if you want a certain player to come in for a starter, be sure he is listed as second on the depth chart behind the starter.


§5) Strategy

   In the CFA we do NOT put any limitations on your strategy. Your strategy will be reflected fully in the game. If you put a 100 you can expect to throw it 100% of the time in that situation. The same goes for 0 and running it 100% of the time. I just ask that you respect the game and play a strategy that is legit. Please do NOT throw, or run, it 100% of the time on all downs or in unreasonable situations. If I find anyone doing that I will have them removed from the league. I want this to be legit, as it has been every year I’ve been running it since 2010.


NOTE: To find out more about this you will need to check out the link to the program at the top of this page.


The Season:

§6) Pre-Season

   The Pre-Season will be 2 games. Most teams will be playing ‘Mostly Backups’, but if you’re new feel free to play ‘Balanced’ so that you get a good look at all of your players. Injuries are NOT turned off for Pre-Season and the outcomes of the games will not be reflected in the Regular Season standings.


§7) Regular Season

   As of the 2018 season the CFA has a 32-team setup and play a 16-game season with no (0) Bye-Weeks.


§8) Post-Season

   In the 32-team setup, there are twelve (12) playoff teams. Teams will be seeded 1-6 in each conference with #1 and #2 receiving a Bye-Week while the others play like so; #6 @ #3 and #5 @ #4. The teams will reseed* after the first round.


*NOTE: This means that the highest remaining seed will play the lowest remaining seed.


§9) Rosters

   §9.1) Roster Counts

      §9.1.1) Active Roster will be a maximum of fifty-three (53) players.

      §9.1.2) Practice Squad will be a maximum of eight (8) players.

      §9.1.3) Injured Reserve players do NOT count towards your roster count but do count towards your Salary Cap (See §13).


   §9.2) Minimum Requirements

   Teams are required to meet roster requirements before the PRE-SEASON.

All teams will be required to follow a minimum positional count, as follows:

3 Quarterbacks (QB)

3 Running Backs (RB)

1 Full Back (FB)

2 Tight Ends (TE)

5 Wide Receivers (WR)

3 Offensive Guards (G)

3 Offensive Tackles (T)

2 Centers (C)

4 Defensive Tackles (DT)

3 Defensive Ends (DE)

6 Linebackers (LB)

3 Corner Backs (CB)

2 Free Safeties (FS)

2 Strong Safeties (SS)

1 Kicker (K)

1 Punter (P)


§10) Trading

   Like any league, you may trade ANY player for ANY player. You may also trade up to 2 years of draft picks in advanced.

   §10.1) Season’s Trade Deadline

      There is a strict Trade Deadline after Week 12 of the Regular Season. Beginning in 2013 there will no longer be trades accepted beyond that week.

   §10.2) Weekly Trade Deadline

      In order for a trade to be completed for the upcoming week you must have posted the trade on the forum and the other party(s) must have accepted the trade before the Interim Update is processed (See §2.1.2).


NOTE: All in-season trades will need to be approved by the league office. All off-season trades will need to be approved by the League Committee.


§11) Signing Players

   There are two ways to sign players in the CFA.

   §11.1) Signing Free Agents

      §11.1.1) Teams may sign Free Agents if they wish. All Free Agent contracts are pre-determined (See §14), but may be negotiated at any time during the season.

      §11.1.2) Teams may only sign up to three (3) Free Agents in a single week. Free Agency is a first-come-first-serve type of system currently. There is no 24-hour waiver limit or anything of the sort. This rule may only be ignored if the team is under requirements to play a game the following week.

      §11.1.3) If you must sign more than three players each player beyond the third must be in the $250K/1yr salary category.

      §11.1.4) All offers must be posted on the league forum for approval.



   §11.2) Practice Squad Claims

      Beginning in 2014 teams will be permitted to claim players on other’s practice squads. This comes with a few rules. [Revised during 2022 league meetings.]

      §11.2.1) You may not claim an injured player.

      §11.2.2) The claimed player must be placed on the active roster (unless injured).

      §11.2.3) The current owner may choose to keep the player by placing him on their active roster.


§12) Cutting Players

   §12.1) There is a 15% cut penalty implemented to keep owners from releasing those they don't want without consequence. The cut salaries are charged 15% to the team's salary for each year left on the contract.

      (Ex: A player makes $1M/4yrs. The team will be charged the $150K for four years on their salary cap.).

   §12.2) Rookies are free cuts.

   §12.3) Amnesty Cut

      In the 2016 League Meetings, the CFA owners passed a rule to allow new owners* to release one player free of charge.


*NOTE: This owner must be in their first year; or the Amnesty Cut may be approved by the Commissioner for owners that took over a team mid-way through the season.


§13) Salary Cap

   §13.1) In 2023 the Salary Cap will be at $94,554,039. Each season the Salary Cap will raise 2%.

   §13.2) Teams may go over the Salary Cap with Contract Extensions, but may only sign Free Agents to the minimum contract offer during the 5-Week Free Agent Session (See §14).

   §13.3) Teams MUST be under the cap before the start of the Regular Season.

   §13.4) The league enforces a ‘Strict Cap’ which means a game cannot be run unless both participating teams are under the Salary Cap limit.


§14) Player Contracts

   §14.1) Maximum Contract

      There is a maximum amount of $7M can be given per year in a contract.


   §14.2) Minimum Contract

      All minimum contracts are for one (1) season and are based on how good the player is (overall-wise):

100-95 = $2.5M

94-90   = $1.5M

89-80   = $850K

79-70   = $450K

69-1     = $250K


   §14.3) Maximum Draft Contract

      The CFA Entry Draft has a tiered Salary System implemented for the players selected. The salaries are based on where they are selected. The Max Draft Contract is set at $5M.


   §14.4) Contract Restructuring

      Beginning in 2023 the CFA will allow the ability to restructure one (1) contract using the following specific rules:

      §14.4.1) This player may not be a recently signed Free Agent (in the past two seasons).

      §14.4.2) If the player is cut, instead of re-signed, the player will be placed back on your roster with his original contract in place.

      §14.4.3) If the player opts out (wants a change of scenery or to test free agency) the player will be given his contract back and you will be permitted to ‘try again’ with a different player.

      §14.4.4) If the player contract is more than he previously made you are not permitted to ‘try again’ and you can opt to get his previous contract back or accept the new terms.



After the Season:

§15) Re-Signing Players

   There are currently three (3) ways of keeping your players after the season, two of which are listed below. The third and final way to keep your player(s) is by tendering the player(s) a RFA if the player meets those specific requirements (See §18.5).


   §15.1) Contract Extensions

      After the season (as well as during the current season after Week 7) owners will be given a chance to re-sign players that want to return. To do this go to ‘Roster’, click the drop-down list and select ‘Upcoming Free Agents’, choose a player, and lastly click on ‘Contract Extension’. If you don’t want to re-sign the player just choose ‘No’ and leave it alone, he will be released once the season is moved into the new season.


   §15.2) Franchise Tag

      In the 2013 League Meetings the league’s owners voted in a Franchise Tag. This Tag may be used on any player that is asking too much or wishes to leave the team for Free Agency. The Franchise Tag amount will be an average of the top five (5) at his respective position or 120% of their current salary, whichever is greater.

      §15.2.1) A player may not be franchised two years in a row.

      §15.2.2) Extending the player’s contract during the season is permitted.

      §15.2.3) The player will be allowed to be traded.

      §15.2.4) Each team is only rewarded with one (1) Franchise Tag per season.


§16) Relocating

   Relocating a team is allowed but the owner must meet certain qualifications for the team to be moved.

   §16.1) An owner may relocate if he/she has been in the league for a minimum of one (1) full season or;

   §16.2) The relocation is passed by the CFA League Committee without meeting the required full season.

   §16.3) An owner that has recently relocated his team may not do so again until after he has spent 3 full seasons in the new city.


§17) The Drafts

   §17.1) Expansion Draft

      §17.1.1) In the case of expanding the league will hold an Expansion Draft. 

      §17.1.2) The draft will occur BEFORE the Pre-Draft Free Agency Session.

      §17.1.3) Teams must unprotect 20% OR a maximum of 10 players for the draft.

      §17.1.4) If a player is selected from your roster you are allowed to protect one of your remaining unprotected players.  


   §17.2) Annual Entry Draft

      §17.2.1) The CFA Entry Draft will be seven (7) rounds long (referring to §10, any of these picks may be traded). There is no limit to how many picks a team may own in any given round.

      §17.2.2) The non-playoff teams will be given picks 1-20. They will be aligned in order of fewest wins followed by strongest Strength of Schedule.

      §17.2.3) The final twelve (12) picks will be aligned on how the playoff teams performed the season before (from worst to best like the non-playoff teams and depending on what round they lost in).


§18) Free Agency (Off-Season)

   §18.1) Pre-Draft Free Agency will occur BEFORE the Annual Entry Draft.

   §18.2) Post-Draft Free Agency will occur AFTER the Annual Entry Draft.

   §18.3) Each session will be five (5) “days” long over a span of nine (9) real life days.

   §18.4) One-Year offers may only be a minimal contract salary offer of that specific overall group (See §14.2).

   §18.5) Following Post-Draft Free Agency Day 5 the CFA will conduct a one (1) round ‘Free Agency Draft’ consisting of only the non-playoff teams from the previous season.


NOTE: Keep in mind you may offer the players any contract you want. They will sign any deal that is sent their way as long as you can afford it or not outbid by another owner at the end of the Post-Draft FA Session.


   §18.5) Restricted Free Agents (RFA)

   In the 2015 League Meetings the team owners passed a new rule to adopt a modified RFA system. The system will follow these sets of rules:

      §18.5.1) RFA's are to-be Free Agents with three (3) years of experience or less that are on a roster at the end of the previous season. This player must have also had at least one (1) accrued season*.

      §18.5.2) You are allowed to tender just three (3) players with a RFA tag, and this must occur before the start of Free Agency

      §18.5.3) If the player is signed, the original team has the option to either MATCH the offer** or accept the Entry Draft Selection.

      §18.5.4) If the player is not signed by any team after the end of the Post-Draft Free Agency he is assigned to his previous team on a Minimum Contract (See §14.2).

      §18.5.5) If the offering team does not have the draft pick for the next season the owner must give up a draft pick one round higher in the next draft.

      §18.5.6) If the offering team cannot meet the above compensation the player will be removed from the roster and the team will be forced to pay the 15% penalty. The player would then go back into Free Agency.

      §18.5.7) The compensation to be awarded is as follows:


100-90 = Entry Draft Round 1 Selection (E1)

89-85 = E2

84-80 = E3

79-75 = E5

74-70 = 56

69-1 = E7


For Kickers, Punters, and Fullbacks the price tag would be as follows:

100-90 = E4

89-80 = E5

79-1 = E6

69-1 = E7


*NOTE: An accrued season in the CFA will count as having played in at least 6 games during a season. These do not have to be games started, just games played.


**NOTE: On the team page the player will be traded for "future considerations". This is just a formality to swap the player from team to team and the considerations will not be acted upon.


NOTE: When your player has been offered a contract I will email both owners regarding the matter. If you choose not to respond the player will be treated as an UFA and will be awarded to the signing team without the compensation.


§19) Training Camp and Mini Camps

   §19.1) DDS:PF16 Training Camps

      This is not something the owners can control. Players will go through a training camp before each season. All players will either drop or gain rating points at this time. Older players take larger drops, younger players take larger gains. Please note that Rookies will go through two (2) training camps and may get even larger gains than most.


   §19.2) Mini Camps

      In the 2016 League Meetings the CFA owners passed a new addition to the league, Mini Camps. This allows owners to choose four (4) players on offense and four (4) players on defense to train them on one (1) single rating category to improve it. This can be done to any player on the roster. However, two (2) of the players [one (1) on each side of the ball] must be rookies or second-year players if the team does not have any rookies. The rules that apply to Mini Camps will be sent out before the start of them. These will take place after the traditional DDS:PF16 Training Camps.


§20) New Season

   It’s time to repeat everything you just went through.


New Owner Information

   §21) Waiting List

      Want to be on the waiting list? Feel free to email the Commissioner! I hope you enjoyed your reading, and I look forward to seeing more owners in the future.


   §22) Continental Football Association Wiki

      The CFA has started up their own Wiki page for even more information and detailed team pages. You can find the link here.


Questions, Concerns, Comments?

   If you think something has been left off or have any questions, please feel free to email the CFA Commissioner at cfafrontoffice@yahoo.com.





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Disclaimer: The Continental Football Association is an Affiliate of SimNation, powered by Draft Day Sports: Pro Football 16 and is fictional.

Any persons, places or things similar to real life is purely coincidental.