By: Matt Zimmer, firstname.lastname@example.org Published 11:37 a.m. CT Feb. 13, 2018 | Updated 11:48 a.m. CT Feb. 13, 2018
This year when Indoor Football League referees have Kurtiss Riggs ready to blow his top, the Storm coach will be able to do something about it.
The IFL will give coaches the opportunity to throw the challenge flag this year, as the league announced Tuesday it will implement an instant replay system this season.
In a partnership with Vidswap, the IFL will have real-time instant replay available during games, allowing coaches to challenge disputed rulings.
A team’s head coach may request a review of a play by throwing a challenge flag. Per a challenge of a play on the field, the referee acts as the replay official and initiates a video review of the previous play.
The referee will reverse the ruling if the video evidence convinces him that the original ruling was incorrect. If the video evidence is inconclusive, the referee must allow the original on-field ruling to stand.
Plays that team may request a coach’s challenge include, but are not limited to: catch/no catch, fumble/no fumble, positive yardage gained/or not, three in motion, forward progress stopped/or not, (on a loose ball play), TD/No TD, Kicking Team Offside, Forward Pass/backward Pass, Illegal Twist/No Illegal Twist, Defensive Pass Interference, Offensive Pass Interference, Belt Violation/No Belt Violation, Runner Down/Not Down.
Line to gain plays involving first downs are not reviewable.
Each coach allowed two opportunities per games to make a coach’s challenge. Like in the NFL, if both challenges are successful the team will earn a third and final challenge.
The IFL season begins Feb. 23. The Storm open their season on Sunday, Feb. 25, at Arizona in a rematch of last year’s IFL title game.