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.”