In Game rules are below - Treat other players the way you would like to be treated
Games will be scheduled on the appropriate game week thread on Madden NFL Forum.
If your opponent is not responding to messages by the 3rd day of the gameweek, message the Commissioner and he can boot the person from the franchise. But, you must have evidence of where you asked for their availability on Boards.
IF you agree a time to play by PM, one of the players must post in the relevant thread when the game will be played.
If 2 players cant find a suitable time to play their game i.e. one player is available Monday and Tuesday and the other player is available Wednesday and Thursday, then the game will be simmed.
It is inevitable that guys will drop out during the season. If you have to drop out then take the “Leave Franchise” option so your opponents can play CPU and not be unable to play a game because you are not around.
If you are away on holidays you can leave (so human opponents can play CPU) and then rejoin when you come back. Just post up on Boards so that no one takes your team when you are away.
Headsets are recommended during games. I understand that some don't like to talk during games and instead would prefer to focus on what you are doing. You may have children/wives asleep and you don’t want to wake them, however you should still have the headset on so that you can hear your opponent should he need to tell you something.... he has to pause the game, has to go to the bathroom, important phone call, controller battery is dying, etc. Again, I’m not saying you have to talk for the entire game but keep the channels of communication OPEN. If you're playing late at night or otherwise need to be quiet during a game, please inform your opponent prior to kick-off.
If you are going for it on 4th down, moving into no huddle offence, onside kick etc, you must notify your opponent by message if you do not have a headset.
•Quarter Length: 8 Mins
•Accelerated Clock: 20 secs
•Skill Level: All-Pro
•Quarter Length: 10 Mins
•Accelerated Clock: 20 secs
•Skill Level: All-Pro
Setting Up A Game:
All you have to do is go to the franchise on Xbox Live, then when both are on line and press the start button to invite your opponent to a game. You see on the owners list who is online / offline.
Sometimes there are problems with two people connecting. The first thing to check is that both of your NATs are open (in the Xbox connection settings, if you are not sure what this is then ask). Assuming they are open and you still have problems restart your router. If problems persist please post on Boards for some help.
If you have to restart a game you must post in the restart thread on Boards along with the reason for your restart. Games must be restarted no more than two times after this number of restarts, the game will be simmed when the week is advanced.
You can only restart against the CPU once
If a person is persistently restarting games, this will be dealt with seriously and banning from the league is possible.
We are striving to be a sim league, that is to try to play as teams do in the NFL. Therefore, play calling should reflect that in your games. If you wouldn't see it in the NFL, you probably shouldn’t be seeing it in these league games.
Adjusting depth charts in the game:
No going for it on 4th down unless the situation calls for it, some specific examples are;
1) Go for it anytime inside the 10
2) Go for it anytime in Q4 when behind OR inside opposition 40
3) Go for it anytime when 4th and 1 inside opposition 40
4) Go for it only 1 more time in a given game outside of the rules above
These aren’t the only situations but the main ones. We expect plays to be ones you see in the NFL every week.
Finally, if you are not going to take a field goal or punt on 4th down then you must tell your opponent you are going for it before you choose your formation. No fake punts/field goals!
Onside kicks can only be used in the 4th quarter if you are losing.
No huddle offence:
The same should be said about the hurry up offense. This should be reserved for late in the game when you're down OR at the end of the half.
Use the Golden Rule. Treat others how you wish to be treated. Don't run up the score to pad your stats. If you have someone down and beaten, late in the game, have some class and run the clock out without rubbing salt in their wounds. Generally speaking, up by more than two scores with 2 minutes remaining should dictate you running the ball.
Everyone gets annoyed if they are losing.. however please keep in mind there is someone at the other end of the headset.
Keep in mind what you would prefer not to hear when you get annoyed in game
As far as running with the quarterback….we are not going to say you can’t run with the QB. No one is going to complain when your guys are covered or when you're about to be sacked. It is acceptable to use designed QB run plays. But, you shouldn’t be heading for the sidelines right away, or dropping back 20 yards after the snap on most passing plays.
Manually moving the DEs outside the O-line is discouraged. Moving them towards the inside or moving the tackles is fine. Defensive shifts that are done using the left button are fine.
If during a game the players are kicked from the server the following must be done. The game should be restarted but and the points difference between the teams must be recreated as quick as possible. Also the balance of posession must be recreated so if one player received the kick off was down 14 points and the opponent had posession when the game was kicked off again then he must recieve the kickoff, punt twice, give up two scores and then punt again. These rules all to all games through to the end of Q3.
If game goes to Q4 the rules as above still apply with the following proviso. If a player is down by 25 points he must effectively concede the game, drop out and let his opponent play the CPU. This point total goes down by 1 point per minute in Q4, so if down by 24 with 9-10 mins, 23 with 8-9 mins and so on down to 17 points with 2-3 minutes left.
Running up the score against the CPU:
If you get to 24 points up against the CPU, start punting!
As we have a mostly human league now, you will really mess up the stats for guys who are on holidays etc.
If a player drops out in these circumstances, the player who stays in the franchise to play the game should try to keep the score to the same difference it was when the game dropped out. There is no limit on the number of times you can restart the game in this exceptional case only.
There are a few glitches in the game. I'm not going to list them, but if you are exploiting these on a regular basis, and are aware of them, then you may be booted. Although it’s nice to win, it’s not at any cost. Remember, we have experienced and rookie players. Rookies may well glitch by accident, do not complain about it but point out why was wrong and what they should do to avoid it in future.
Joining the franchise:
The franchise name is boards. Simply search for this franchise using your xbox live account on your Xbox only. Once you have found it you will have to enter the password. Simply pm me the password and I will pm you back asap. You must also join the franchise on the LM site. The invite link is here:
New franchise members must also thank this post and send the link to their thanks to me in a pm before they are given the password.
Games weeks are on a schedule, the schedule will not be changed even if all games are played.
This is to help everyone schedule their games without moving the goalposts (pun intended)
If you make a trade and it's agreed by PM/XBL/on thread then you must go through with that trade.
If you are waiting on progression improvements, then you must state that.
Dropbacks: Dropbacks of further than the actually drop back are not allowed. This will be rigorously enforced. After taking the snap, there is absolutely no reason to be holding down to drop back as the CPU automatically does this for you. If you drop back further than the three/five/seven yards, it gives you an advantage as for some reason EA think a person can run as quick backwards as forwards, and it causes the man coverage and zones to break down completely. Only on screen passes are you allowed the long drop backs as this is sim like. Once the drop back is complete, there is no restrictions on moving out of the pocket or up in the pocket, but it must be realistic, i.e. you can't take the snap and immediately dart out to the sideline. If someone is found to be doing this, they will be instantly banned for one week.
Low Arced Punts: They are outlawed completely. As the CPU can't deal with them, it gives an uncompetitive advantage to the punting team so it is not allowed.
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On the 4th down rule. There are a couple more examples I think you should put in:
Going for it on 4th down in overtime (punting in overtime should only be a last resort in madden and real life imo)
Going for it on 4th and short to close out the game, like the Patriots tried to do in 2009 I think against the Colts.
Going for it in an offensive game. If it's 21-21 and it's the middle of the second quarter, you could be forgiven for not wanting to give your opponent the ball (like when the Packers tried an onside kick in the 3rd quarter when down 31-17 because they knew giving it the Cards would be giving them a TD). And I'd like you to remove that thing about one other situation, it's unnecessarily ambiguous.
Lads what do you think of the proposal?
The one other situation isnt ambiguous.
One of my last games, I was driving up the field in the third quarter and was left 4th and inches and went for it.
That was my one time i went for it outside of the rules.
Agree with Heli, rule is not ambiguous at all.
Rules lay out the situations you can go for it. And you have one allowable time to go for it outside of those rules.
Pretty straight forward I think
Have a look at the 4th down rules on IG. Not saying they should be adopted or anything.
All I will say is that they have been written based on the experience of a over FOUR THOUSAND madden games. They have evolved over a few years of input by players and they do work well. "Going for it on 4th" is never an issue as all situations are covered and people seem to accept them as being fair.
Berty.. could you do a copy and paste job?
This from the IG rule book. Thoughts?
Long discussions were gone through with all the arguments for various scenarios ( such as the ones put forward by Matthew above ). The rules as they are now on IG were decided in a such a way that the majority of people seemed to accept.
Over the few years I have been involved as an Admin more arguments / controversies / ill feeling were caused by people going for it on 4th down. Since the rules were worded as they are above ( about 6 months ago ) not one issue. Eveyone might not agree with them but they do work.
I'm happy to leave the rules as is tbh.
I am happy with the way they are too, could always just add in 1. Within 5 seconds of half time ( any 4th down distance )
I think that is a good one.
I like those (though I'd use the 40 yard line instead of 45), think we should definitely add the 5 seconds from half time rule.
I think we should do away with the "one other time" rule. It's not ambiguous, just unnecessary.
Might not be necessary, but personally I think it's good to have it. I wouldn't like being hamstrung by only being allowed go for it in the prescribed situations, which I think the rules allude to with
"These aren’t the only situations but the main ones. "
This is the reason I think there is the "one other time rule".
Wouldn't like to see it gone
I agree with Rob mcg in my game last night I was on 4th and inches I went for and got it which meant I kept the drive going for a td, having to have to punt it away would make things less enjoyable for me tbh
Agreed we do need the one chance outside the rules. It nearly went against me last night but is useful.