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TORONTO – The Canadian Football League announced today that it has adjusted its eligibility rules for players with non-import status in the CFL Draft.
 
For players with non-import status playing in the CIS, they will be eligible to be selected in the CFL Draft three years after completing their first year of CIS eligibility.
 
Previously, a CIS player was eligible to be selected after their fourth year of post-secondary education.  

In addition, the CFL also adjusted the eligibility rules for players with non-import status playing in the NCAA or NAIA. They will now be eligible to be selected in the CFL Draft after their senior season of NCAA or NAIA eligibility.

This eliminates the “Red-Shirt Junior” from the Draft. Starting in 2014, all players eligible to be selected will be able to immediately join the CFL team they are drafted by.
 
“These adjustments will provide our teams with a better opportunity to select the best players available who are ready and able to join their club in training camp that season,” said Kevin McDonald, Vice President of Football Operations. “These changes are welcomed by our teams and eliminate a degree of uncertainty when drafting players.”

Fan Comments
DirtySanchez
I think what it ensures is that the CFL loses players to the NFL. Good job!
September 13, 2013 - 5:16pm
 
bowlerdude
Of course it's a good idea. The main point is to get rid of drafting NCAA juniors who may have dramatic changes to their NFL stock by playing out their senior year. The CIS players have always been able to and will continue to be able to play right away or go back to school. There's not really more uncertainty there. The rules mean that anyone who gets drafted can play in the CFL right away if they don't have NFL interest...
September 06, 2013 - 3:16pm
 
als rule
sorry I don't really know if this is such a great idea!!
September 06, 2013 - 1:05pm
 
Rids
Doesn't this increase the uncertainty by drafting CIS players that are younger? Potentially decreasing their chances of sticking with a CFL team.
September 06, 2013 - 11:17am
robsaw
Not really. 3 years after they COMPLETE their 1st year of CIS eligibility and after their 4th year of post-secondary are often one-in-the-same. However, the new rules make it clear what happens when there is some lack of continuity that could make those two differ.
September 06, 2013 - 1:19pm
 
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