TEMPORARY PANDEMIC RULES
Created and tweaked by the committee and Commish
For upcoming season 9 only, the active roster will be raised from 52
to 55 active players.
Taxi squad will increase from two to six. These players will not be
allowed to play for the length of the season.
Taxi squad players will be marked as inactive (IA) and have their
salary reduced to zero.
If you retain any COVID opt-out players, they MUST be placed on your
taxi squad. Other players who played in five or fewer games may be
placed on your taxi squad as well (up to a maximum of six players).
This allows a team to have 61 players total. 55 active, plus six
additional players on the taxi squad . You retain the rights to all 61
for the beginning of season 10 (unless cut for an injury replacement).
Since a player's usage and worth in salary is also adjusted for their
lack of play, the season 9 salary cap will remain at 121 million.
No more than 61 can be on your team total at one time past the to-be
No more than 55 can ever be on your active roster at one time past the
to-be designated date.
No more than six can be placed on your taxi squad.
After the free agency period, you must be at 52-55 active players,
meet all mandated minimums and maximums, and can have
anywhere from zero to six on your taxi squad.
The Paydirt "Action" Football League (PAFL) is a computer football
league that uses Action! PC Football (APCFB) by DKS to play all of its
games. Teams will play home games in the current home stadium with
each stadium having a 3 pt home field advantage. No home field
advantage will be awarded for the Super Bowl
How many players may I have on my team and what is the Salary Cap?
You may have no less and no more than 52 active players at the
beginning of the season prior to injuries. In addition to that, you
may designate 2 taxi/practice squad players who will not be eligible
to play during the season and will not count toward your salary. If
you have a player or players designated on the taxi/practice squad
then your team could expand to 54. The current salary cap for season 9
is 121,000,000. For Season 10 it will drop to 120,000,000
* Taxi Squad - Each team may have up to two players on an inactive
taxi squad. To be eligible, the player must have played in 5 or less
regular season NFL games. Once a player is named to the taxi squad, he
cannot be used the entire season, nor traded. Their salary becomes
zero and marked inactive. Since a player's salary is set to zero, taxi
players must be designated before the FA period so we have an accurate
account for a team's salary. Any
player that was signed as a result of a successful bid CANNOT then be
designated to the Taxi Squad as this would defeat the cap rules. A
drafted free agent CAN be designated because his value is stagnant and
set by the game's engine. Once designated, the player must remain Taxi
for the season.
Making your Team Legal
Teams must be at or below the 54/52 player limit, usage limits and salary cap
by the end of the Drops deadline on the calendar page and may not
conduct any trade until the team is at or below the salary cap.
However, during the first trade period of the off-season, teams who
are over the cap may perform 1 trade if the trade takes them to the legal roster
and cap requirements.(Eliminated after s9) Drops are also allowed during
that single trade to make this possible. Teams must also be at the
cap/54/52 limit and taxi designations before the FA bidding
period takes place. Teams that fail
to get below the maximum salary cap figure by the allotted time see
calendar page) will
have players removed from their roster alphabetically by the
commissioner so as to meet the salary cap requirements. Teams must
also have available cap space to fill out their roster with at least
350K players during the FA bidding process. If minimums are not met by
the end of FA bidding, the Commissioner may fill teams and make moves
as needed to make the team meet the legal minimums and salary cap.
NOTE: It is possible for a team to fulfill the above mandates and
still not be in compliance prior to the start of the regular season.
That team, however, must be in complete compliance prior to the start
of the regular season or the league will intervene and amend. For
example, a team might have 52 active players on their roster, be below
the salary cap, and be within use limitations but might not have
fulfilled all the minimum positional mandates such the league
requirement of 8 Dbs, 4 corner-backs, and 3 safeties. In such a case,
while the team is within the mandates required following the free
agency portions of the off-season, it must meet league mandates before
the start of the regular season.
Players rated at multiple positions as in G/T ILB/OLB ETC.. count
toward all positions for which they are rated. Players rated as a
QB-WR, QB-RB etc. will have their pass attempts added to the QB
limits, their rush attempts added to the RB limits, and their WR
receptions added to the WR limits if they are rated at that position.
However, players rated at QB/TE/WR only will not have rush attempts
added to the team limits.
Active Inactive/Minimum/Maximum attempts
Quarterbacks 2-3 - 1/300/750
Running Backs 3 - 200/500
Active Inactive Minimum catches
HB/TEs 3 See maximums with WRs
Wide Receivers 6 - 150/600
Offensive Line Minimum of 8 overall with below position minimums
within line... Centers: 2, Guards, Tackles: 3 each
DEFENSE/Special Teams Minimum players at position
DT, DE: 3 each
Linebackers: ILB: 2 OLB: 4
DBs (minimum of 8 DBs total in any combo) CB:4 S:3
Kicking: Minimum of 2 overall with below position minimums
K: 1 (maximum 2*) - P: 1 (maximum 2*)
* No team can have 2 kickers or 2 punters on their roster with a
durability rating of 10. However, if a team has 1 K or 1 P rated with
a 10 durability and a second player who is rated as both a punter and
a kicker (P/K) that player may have a durability rating of 10 as long
as there is not a third player on the roster rated as a P, K , or P/K.
Minimum requirements prevent stacking and hording by realistically
stocking each position with backup players.
Must be inactive for the entire season. May not have more than 2
taxi/training camp players. An uncarded player is designated and
treated as a taxi player and all taxi player rules apply.
Using the League Email group
firstname.lastname@example.org Avoid using the group for personal emails such as
working out a trade detail with another team. You may use it to
announce players up for trade.
SIGNING FAS DURING THE SEASON
FAs may only be signed during the season if injuries at a position
leave you unable to properly field the needed players for a game at a
specific position. If that is the case you may claim a "350K Filler"
player from the FA pool. If the FA addition takes you over the 54/52
roster limit you must drop a player to stay legal. Example.... You run
a 4-3 defense and do not have 2 OLBs and 1 ILB with a 10 Dur rating...
yes, you can sign a FA. Signing FAs during the season will be tightly
monitored and should only be considered when absolutely necessary. Any
free agent signed during the regular season (Not drafted during the
free agency draft, signed during the free agent bidding session, or
placed upon a team by the league due to compliance mandates prior to
the start of the regular season) will be labeled as a “Free Agent
Signed In-Season” and will have an FAI designation on the league file.
All FAI designated players MUST be returned to the free agent pool at
the conclusion of the season.
*Players in the Free Agent pool with a known value of more than a
filler player cannot be signed and will stay in the Free Agency pool
until the next Free Agent draft/bidding period of the following
off-season. Filler FA players all have a set salary of 350K
Trading is allowed in the PAFL with the following restrictions.
No franchise may conduct any team activity
(other than releasing a player or players) if over the cap. For the
Calendar year 2021, teams may conduct one trade if their team is $5
million or less over the cap after the Super Bowl and when the new
roster valuations are released. The trade must bring that team into
financial compliance. Any team over the $5 million allowance MUST
release a player or players to get to the financial allowance before
conducting any other team activity or trade. In subsequent seasons,
real life year of 2022 and forward,
all teams must be at or under the cap in order to conduct a trade. Any
team over the cap after the Super Bowl and when the new roster
valuations are released must release players to get into financial
compliance. No trade can ever be conducted if it violates league
A) The trade deadline is Week # 4 This means the time period up and
until all week 4 games are played but before the week 5 file is issued
during the regular season. No trades may be made after the Week # 5
file has been sent out.
B) No draft picks beyond the next draft may be traded. You may begin
trading the following years draft's picks when the current year's
draft periods and free agency bidding sessions have concluded.
C) Any proposed trade can be rejected by the commissioner/trade
committee if he/they feel(s) that the trade was not done in good
faith. Any player traded by a team may not be re-acquired until a full
season has passed. Teams can submit an explanation as to why they feel
a rejected trade makes sense. A decision to reject may be reversed if
the commissioner/committee feel the explanation reveals a valid reason
D) All trades must be finalized in the "Finalized trade forum" so we
can keep track of all trade info. One team involved in the trade must
post in that forum with the exact details of the trade. The other team
must confirm the trade in that trade's forum post. No trade will take
effect until both parties have agreed. Do not send your trades via the
league group email.
If the trade takes you below 54/52 or league position minimums, only
350K filler players may be signed from FAs to become legal.
A) The 3 division winners, plus the 3 non division winners with the
best records (the Wild Cards) in each conference will qualify for the
playoffs. Teams will be seeded 1-6 and will be bracketed using the
method that the NFL currently uses. The higher seeded team for each
playoff game will be at home and will get the HFA except for the Super
Bowl. The Super Bowl will be played at a neutral site and the HFA will
be turned off.
B) All stats will be carried over into the post season. Instead of
getting a clean "fatigue" slate for the playoffs, a 10% increase in
season fatigue would be added for each additional round of the
playoffs. Playoff games will be added on to the schedule instead of
using the playoff brackets.
ANNUAL ROOKIE DRAFT
No team may trade a drafted player until after
the subsequent Super Bowl and the new roster valuations are released.
The rookie draft will be a straight draft 7 rounds in length.
Available players will be any players drafted or signed by an NFL team
prior to our draft and only from the most current NFL draft. They must
be available from the APCFB game. Sometimes the Commissioner will add
rookies signed as FAs to NFL teams to the PAFL rookie draft. But, if
the players is not included in the draft you cannot draft him.
Once the draft begins, all trading (including draft picks) is frozen.
The trade deadline usually takes place a few days before the draft so
preparations can be made.
FA Draft and FA Bidding Rules
Active now: Free agency will be conducted by
bidding only. Highest bid (24 hours without another bid) gets the
player. That player reverts back to his in-game value in subsequent
seasons. Free agents cannot be traded in the inaugural season of their
signing. You may not drop players to make room for FAs signed during
the FA draft.
FA Bidding Rules
1) You may not bid lower than their listed salary in the game.
2) You may not bid higher than the amount of available salary your
3) You may not have several bids at one time that when added together,
amount to more than what your team has available under the cap. If you
do, you will lose all active bids at the time of the infraction. So be
careful and do the math.
4) Once someone out-bids you for a player, you can opt out if you like
and the money is returned to you to bid on other players.
5) Once 24 hours elapses without a new bid on each player, the highest
bid wins the player.
6) Once the season is over, you can retain your drafted/free agent bid
FA and any inflated salary returns to what the new game release says
7) To bid on the player, start a message string in the FA bidding
forum. Title your post as the player's name and position. In the post,
include your team name and amount you are offering the player.
8) Only carded players are available in the FA period.
9) You may not drop players to make room for FAs won in bidding. So
make sure you can fill out your roster to the needed 54/52
players...EXAMPLE.... If you have 42 players at the end of FA bidding,
you need a minimum of 10 players to be legal. So 10, 350K players
means you need at least 3.5 million in open cap space.
10). FAs signed during bidding process cannot be traded or dropped
until the conclusion of the season (post-Super Bowl) in part because
of possible salary inflation.
A) The PAFL week starts on Tuesday and ends the following Tuesday at
10 PM ET.
B) The home team is designated the "host" and has the "right" to host
the game. If for some reason the home team does want not to, or cannot
host the game, the visiting team may host. The team that ends up
hosting the game is responsible for sending the commissioner the game
file on time.
C) Both teams are responsible for contacting, scheduling, and playing
their game with their opponent each week by the deadline.
D) To prove you have made an attempt to schedule your game you should
use the "Game scheduling forum".
E) This is a head-to-head league but there are circumstances when guys
will be unable to play their game a particular week. Please let your
opponent know ASAP if you will not be able to play them head-to-head
in a particular week. (Failure to do so more than twice per season is
reason for dismissal).
F) A substitute coach may be used if you are unable to coach your game
a particular week. If you plan on using a substitute coach please
clear it with your opponent and Commish beforehand. Only other members
of the PAFL may be used as substitute coaches. Please use this rule
G) While an occasional occurrence of "not being able to play" will be
accepted, absentee ownership will not.
Any team that makes a "practice" of not playing their games head to
head will be subject to removal from the league by the commissioner.
No owner will be removed from the league for this reason without a
written warning first. Emergencies come up and certain situations
arise that are beyond our control. That's not what this is referring
to. Rule of thumb, after your third miss, expect to hear from the
All PAFL teams will play a 16 game (8 at home & 8 on the road) regular
season schedule. Teams will play all other teams in their own division
twice (once at home and once on the road). The schedule will be
determined using the same formula the NFL used when it had 28 teams.
The PAFL is a winter league playing from early January until early
GAME PLAYING PROCEDURES
A) Each team must play at least 12 games in a year Head to head AND
meet the requirements of contacting fellow owners for games or they
will be removed from the league.
B) The accepted way of scheduling your game each week is via the
league's Game Scheduling Forum. This way the Commissioner can clearly
see who is properly scheduling their games or not in case of dispute.
He can also foresee a problem before it becomes an issue and has to
issue a simmed game. The home team is responsible for posting first
and must post by no later than Thursday at 6PM ET of each week giving
a variety of times when you can play the games, although you can and
are encouraged to post sooner. Each visiting team must reply to the
home team's forum post and either choose one of those times or
announce he cannot meet any of those times and make new suggestions by
Friday. All Games must be completed and reported to the Commissioner
before Tuesday at 10PM ET. (Exception to the forum scheduling is if
you cannot gain access to the forums for some reason. In that case,
you must privately email your opponent with a CC to the Commissioner).
C) Please DO NOT use theleague group email to schedule games or chat
with another owner. Keep those e-mails private so we don't all get
Are there penalties for breaking the max player limits? (maximum
carries, receptions or passes)
Yes. In cases where it is caught in time to reverse, the deal that
caused the infraction is reversed and offending player loses his
"latest" round pick in the upcoming rookie draft. *(if your latest
pick has been traded, the next to latest will be forfeited). If
reversing the deal harms the unoffending party because of other trades
conducted based on this one, the carded player is suspended for the
season and counts toward the team's salary cap and 54/52 limits and
loss of latest draft* pick in upcoming rookie draft.
SALARY CAP INFRACTIONS
Due to a trade....
Suspension of most valuable player in trade for season. Of course,
teams are allowed to make drops as part of a trade, if needed, but
must remain in the 54/52 limit and all other roster carry/reception
limits. FAs can only be signed after a trade if trade places them
under the 54/52 limit. All FA signings in this case must be filler
players and of same position as players lost due to trade. (filler
players are players with no real future increases in worth in the
foreseeable future and not salaried at more than 350K).
Trade infractions may not be caught until one of the other teams
involved in the trade have made other trades. This could cause a
snowball effect, resulting in the cancellation of several trades
spanning several teams. This of course can cause pandemonium. With
suspensions, we avoid opening that can of worms. This rule also places
responsibility for making a legal trade fully on the shoulders of the team
*Suspended players may not be traded and their salary counts toward
the team cap for the season.
Please notify the Commissioner if a rule is not clear, incorrect, or
missing at email@example.com
Any rule that is not 100% clear may be amended by the Commissioner to
better reflect the intent of the rule.
The Commissioner may add a new rule at anytime but that rule will
still be at the mercy of a league veto, if desired. A rule can be
vetoed with a 60% vote "against."
New rules suggested by team owners can be put up for vote and voted
into action with a 60% vote "In favor of."
There is a Rules Committee. The Rules Committee will consist of 3-4
league owners/members selected by the commissioner. A Rules Committee
member will retain that post until removed by the commissioner, the
member resigns from the position, or the member is non longer an owner
of team within the league.
New rules may be suggested by team owners to the Rules Committee at
any time. However, it is recognized that any new rule, suggested by a
team owner to the committee, will not necessarily be immediately
enacted nor immediately put onto the committee docket.
The Committee will review any submitted rule or constitutional
amendment submitted suggestion. The review may include, but is not
limited to, additional questioning of the member or members sponsoring
the rule submission. The Committee may alter the wording or amend the
suggestion if it desires to do so. Once the amending and alteration
process is completed, the committee will proceed with a vote to move
the rule/amendment to the commissioner for his approval or rejection
for a league wide approval vote or league wide veto vote. The
committee will need to submit any committee approved rules/amendments
any time after the conclusion of the Super Bowl and the release of the
new roster valuations and no later than (1) week prior to the drops
deadline date. Any new rule(s) or amendment(s) submitted by the
committee and approved by the commissioner will not become enforceable
until after the following season's Super Bowl.
In order for any rule(s) or amendment(s) to be approved by the
committee and sent to the commissioner three (3) of four (4) committee
members must vote affirmatively (Yes). Any rule(s) or amendment(s) can
be tabled for future consideration should the deadline for that season
pass or if the committee feels it needs to delay a vote for any
reason. Any rule(s) or amendment(s) can be tabled if the vote within
the committee acquires two (2) affirmative (Yes) votes but does not
garner the necessary third vote. If any rules(s) or amendment(s) does
not garner at least 2 affirmative (yes) votes it is considered
defeated and cannot be tabled.