Madden PS5 CFM Rules

Settings

  • Advances during the regular season are every 48 hours at 9pm ET. Playoff advances are every 24 hours. Keep up with the Discord chat for exact dates and details on the offseason schedule as well.
  • All-Madden Sim
  • Custom sliders
  • 12 minute quarters
  • 12-second clock run-off
  • 10-play cool-down (must wait 10 plays before calling same play again. This is set in-game automatically)
  • A play can only be used 3 times max (this is set in-game automatically)
  • Special abilities off
  • Game assists off
  • Created coaches
  • Team playbooks only, but can choose whichever you like
  • No user catching (or switching) on offense
  • Switching on defense is allowed for actions such as tackle, positioning, swat.
  • You cannot switch to user INT or hit stick and/or strip
  • You cannot move multiple defensive players before the snap
  • No playmaker

Gameplay

User Catching

User catching is not allowed on offense. On defense, you can only user catch with the player you are controlling.

Switching

Switching is not allowed on offense but can be done on defense for certain actions.

Users cannot switch to intercept switch to hit stick/strip. You can INT/strip/hit stick if you’re using the same player you were at the beginning of the play.

Hot Routes

You may use hot routes in two situations: To adjust a route to a smart route (R1) or to assign a RB/TE to stay in to block.

Playmaker

Playmaker is not allowed. (Using Right stick to indicate where a receiver goes post-snap)

Play-Action

No play-action pass plays on 3rd and 5+ yards or 4th and 5+ yards. It is against the rules to call a play-action pass and then assign your RB to stay in and block. Call an audible, take a timeout, or run the play as is.

Motioning

You can use motion in either a designed-motion play or manually. When using motion manually, you must let the player complete his motion and set before snapping the ball. Keep in mind that we use a short play clock!

Defensive Player Control

You can control any defender who is NOT a DT. If you accidently switch to a DT at the start of a play, please switch off immediately. Players should stick to their zone while in coverage, but there is some leeway to this as well if you see an obvious play to make. However, you should not be running all over the field like a chicken with it’s head cut off; some leeway does not mean a free-for-all. Use strafing as you see fit.

QB Movement

No sprinting/dropping back 10 yards on drop-backs, no constantly drifting to the right/left on a standard drop-back, and no sprinting straight to the sidelines after the snap. There are some designed roll-outs in the game, but none of them sprint you to the sideline. You can, however, scramble if you are facing immediate pressure.

No Huddle

You can only no huddle once every 3 plays outside of the final 3 minutes of the game/half unless you’re losing in the 4th quarter.

Playcalling

Only team playbooks are allowed, but you can choose whichever team playbooks for offense and defense that you’d like and even switch week-to-week.

We use a 10-play cool-down as well as a maximum of 3 times a play can be called per game.

On offense, vary your runs, vary your formations and vary your routes. Do not resort to go-to plays on most 3rd downs. We all have tendencies, but let’s open up the playbook for this league.

On defense, vary your coverage, vary your formations and vary your blitzes. If you have a team that is built to play more man, feel free to do so. The same goes for zone schemes. Within your scheme you still need to call different zone/man plays.

Must rush at least 3 defenders on every play, QB spy does not count as a rusher.

4th Down/Punting Rules

Punting out of bounds is only acceptable when you’re between your own 40 yard line and the opponents goal line. From your own 39 to your own endzone you’re required to punt in the field.

You can attempt 1 fake kick (a punt OR a FG) per game. An onside kick is not a fake kick.

You can go for it on 4th and 2 from the 50 yard line and in. This does not mean that it should be automatic to go on 4th in this situation, as the game situation should determine this.

You can go for it anytime you are losing in the 4th quarter.

You are allowed to come to to the line to try and draw the defense offsides, but this should not be overused in a game. Please only use in a realistic manner.

CPU Games

We allow vs CPU games when the team is not currently under human control, or if your opponent is unresponsive (use the #no-show-screenshots channel), or is unavailable and has granted permission.

No restarts of CPU games. They will be tough on All-Madden. You must stream, and it’s your responsibility to ensure you have time to complete the game and that your stream is being archived.

When a vs CPU is to be simmed, these games are always straight sims to prevent an inactive team from being completely irrelevant/awful. 

If a sim must happen, then the users in the game cannot sit their starters to avoid injuries.

Sportsmanship

If your opponent has conceded defeat late in the game at a reasonable point (by running only and chewing clock) you need to pump the brakes and just take the victory. That means not incessantly doing ball carrier moves or outside runs. If your opponent has NOT conceded defeat and is aggressively trying to come back (airing it out on offense & putting 8-9 men in the box run blitzing) the team in the lead is free to run their offense to keep the chains moving. Don’t score if you can run out the clock. Losing big is not an excuse to pad stats. This is going to be enforced very strictly. If a game is over, let it be over. 

If you have a complaint, contact a commissioner/admin privately on Discord. Do not blast the main chat with a complaint about your opponent. Disrespect will get you removed from the league. Joking is fine, disrespect is not.

Game Scheduling

Communication is key for a successful league. Please don’t be lax or passive when it comes to contacting your opponent. Don’t play the waiting game.

Failure to play games in a season without a valid reasoning given beforehand (ex: vacation) will result in removal from the league.

All head-to-head games must be streamed by the home team with a link to the their stream provided in the appropriate Discord channel.

Position/Number Changes

Positions

Restrictions to player positional changes include: 

  • No WR to TE
  • No WR to HB or HB to WR/TE
  • No K or P position changes

Jersey Numbers

Jersey numbers need to stay within the NFL guidelines:

  • Quarterback, punter, kicker: 1–19
  • Running back: 1–49, 80–89
  • Defensive back: 1–49
  • Linebacker: 1–59, 90–99
  • Offensive lineman: 50–79
  • Defensive lineman: 50–79, 90–99

Trading

We use the SSG League Trade Policy to help monitor trades.

  • No trading with the CPU.
  • Rookies cannot be traded.
  • Players signed in-season cannot be traded until the following season.
  • Players can only be traded once per season.
  • There is a 2-trade maximum in a season’s calendar year.
  • A Team must keep at minimum 5 draft picks in a season and you must have either a 1st or 2nd round pick for each season.
  • Processing a trade without prior approval will lead to a ban from the league.

When a trade is agreed upon, both teams must post/reply in a single forum thread on the finalized trades section of the forum. Both teams must include their rationale. Next, notify a Commish/Admin, and wait for approval before processing on console.

Free Agency/Rosters

Regular Season

  • Teams must carry 53-man rosters. This helps keep the salary cap challenging. This is controlled by the game automatically.
  • Teams must carry at least 3 healthy QBs on the roster for each game week. This helps with injuries as otherwise they won’t happen to QBs in any simmed games with less than 3.
  • Teams are allowed a total of 4 transactions per week during the season. This is controlled by the game automatically.
  • Players rated 90 our higher cannot be cut. This is controlled by the game automatically.

Offseason

  • Maximum of 2 players can be cut during each stage of the offseason. This is controlled by the game automatically.
  • Maximum length contract offer is 5 years for all players and at all times.
  • Anyone signed illegally will be put back in FA and you will keep the penalty. 
  • Free agency advances will happen at s random time beyond 9pm each advance day.

Disconnects/Rule Violations

The two users should do everything they can to find a solution. They know the details of their game best and should work to find an agreement to proceed. Please notify a commissioner of your decision.