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Keeper Deadline Date: Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017
Live Draft Date: Thursday, Aug 31, 2017 at 6:00pm EDT / 11:00pm BST
(Snake style draft)

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Bold & Boxed text always means new for this season (to aide returning GM’s to quickly find internal rule changes or new rules).


In the International League each GM manages their real country. Your team name in the league must be your country spelt in (English and in) CAPITAL LETTERS (to bring some uniformity to the league). Also your team logo/picture must be your countries current official flag as used by said countries national sports teams. Also no fake names please or 1 letter initial - first name must be used - failure to comply will see you replaced. This is to make the league owners list have some uniformity.


I wish for serious players that won’t quit during the season as it’s national pride at stake. I am ENGLAND and going nowhere so pointless going on the list for. All other current countries in the league can be seen below. If you qualify and are interested to go on the reserve/waiting list post here telling me which country or countries you qualify for (and wish to manage). To qualify you must be born in or have at least one parent from that country.

You will then go on the waiting list. As and when people are removed from the league due to the *strikes rule (*see later) or opt to leave then the next person that meets the criteria on the waiting list will be invited to take over that place/team. It can and may be renamed to a completely new country depending on the new incoming owner.


Each team is able to keep 1 player from their previous seasons finishing team. If a keeper is kept he will fill his draft round spot from the preceding season. If he was an undrafted player then he will fill the last round spot on your roster (Round 15). You do not have to keep a player in which case you will draft as normal each round in your designated position.

Further more, a keeper will count against your original pick in the applicable round (should you have more picks due to draft pick trading). If you no longer have your original pick for the round your keeper is due to be allocated to then he will take your next highest pick going upwards - so could be the same round (if you have traded for more draft picks in that round) or the next round(s) going upwards. If you don’t have any higher draft picks then you can not keep that particular player and I will override your keeper choice to ‘no keeper selected’ after the keeper lock deadline before the live draft takes place. Long term keepers (that being a player or team defense that is kept by the same owner for multiple seasons consecutively) will increase their drafted round by 1 round each season until they reach round 1. This rule only applies to a keeper being kept by the same owner/team in successive seasons. Otherwise all other keepers just count as your rounds pick for the round they were drafted or kept in the previous season.

Please be aware to facilitate having to manually adjust the draft board (i.e. entering in the keepers at the correct positions before we live draft) their will be a deadline to choose your keeper(s) by - you can change your keeper choice(s) as often as you wish up until the deadline but once the deadline is reached it will lock and then you will be stuck with your choice(s) or if you have not selected a player you will not have a keeper for the forthcoming season. It is each owners responsibility to find out when the keeper deadline locks and once it is reached no more changes can be made.


For those teams that make the playoffs proper (teams finishing 1st-8th) draft order will be a reverse of the previous years finishing positions as decided by NFL.com - so the previous years champion will draft last in round 1 (*20th) and the team finishing 8th (*13th). [*excluding draft pick trading]

However if you’re not in the running for the title (i.e. in the playoffs proper), there used to be nothing to play for except next years draft position - and the way it was the worse you did in the dead games, the better your draft pick position the next year. This encouraged GM’s who were out of the playoffs not to try and win, actually often hoping to lose by starting their worst players (just to avoid falling foul of the strike rule, as there’s nothing else riding on those results).

So to address this some seasons ago I amended the internal rules to make the dead games worth winning because from then on wards this part of the draft order involving the 12 non-championship contending playoff teams is inverted - to reward post season wins, however pointless they may seem at the time. The 8 proper playoff teams will still keep their draft positions (20th - 13th).

However the rest will now go like this…

The team finishing 9th (i.e. best of the non-qualifiers) will have pick #1
The team finishing 10th (2nd best non-qualifier) will have pick #2
And so on, down to the team finishing 20th (worst non-qualifier) will have pick #12

I think this will be good for the league as now tanking for a better draft spot will not fly as the dead rubber games have something riding on them. I feel this should also help with the also ran GM’s trading away their better players with late round draft picks to the playoff bound GM’s who are willing to sell their next seasons chances on winning this year by agreeing to trades involving their bad players but with higher round draft picks from the following season - which is skewing the integrity of the league imho.

Default Rule Changes

I have changed the default scoring from 4 points for a thrown TD to 3 points - half what the scorer of a TD (6pts) gets.

Scoring Setting Changes (from 2017)

Offense : Kick & Punt Returns

-Kickoff and Punt Return Yards = 1 Point for every 20 Yards
-Kickoff and Punt Return Touchdowns = 6 Points

-Note - All individual players are eligible to earn these statistics.

I decided to add these scoring settings in this year as if your player is performing kick-off or punt return duties he can get injured and possibly be put out of the game so it’s only fair to give you some reward for the time spent on the pitch to offset the risk.

Defense Team

Fumbles Forced = 1 Point
Team Def 2-point Return = 2 Points


Some times as we go along things come up and I as the LC (League Commissioner) have to make a ruling. So this is where I clarify and make the rulings on things that crop up over time so people know the answer going forward.

1) The LC has the right to reorganise the Divisions each season prior to the draft. This is only done when new teams / nations have joined the IL. I do this trying to make divisions firstly regional as best I can and secondly put natural rivals in the same Divisions.

2) Draft pick trading - draft pick trades can only be swapped for the very next draft (not multiple seasons in advance). I know the real life teams can but I have made this ruling for two reasons. One it will be very hard for me to keep track off and two a GM could pile up trouble for years down the line and then just leave and I’d find it almost impossible to get a replacement as they would have no chance due to so many early picks being traded away for possibly seasons to come. Also by making this ruling it means most of the season the system does it all and records it for me to find the following year - the only time it doesn’t is now prior to our leagues draft when I allow it and do it via the leagues wall and by using a poll when a vote is necessary.

3) If during a season a GM trades away his same draft pick to 2 different teams whether by accident or deliberate planning then instead I will take away their next highest pick instead to cover the trade. If we are talking about a round 1 double deal where there is no higher pick I can take away to cover the trade I will then swap there next 2 picks going down to whoever they traded with for a further round down pick from the cheated party. Basicly being detrimental to the owner who made this error as punishment so be careful (as yes the system does stupidly allow this as I discovered in the past when someone did it).

Example: Team A trades his next years Round 1 pick with 2 different teams - only one team can get it so the other team has been screwed. In this case I will take team A’s 2nd and 3rd Round picks and give them to the cheated team in return team A will still get what ever pick(s) was part of the trade plus the cheated teams 4th round pick. What ever happens the cheated team will be compensated at the expense of the guilty team regardless of the offending teams mistake being genuine error or deliberate malpractice.

4) In season 5 (2014) I ran the following poll and had all 20 GM’s vote:

Should we add in a Reserve (RES) spot from next season (2015) onwards?

So this meant from the 2015 season on-wards each team would have 1 RES spot added to their rosters.

During the 2017 season I ran a further poll to ask if we should keep the RES spot.
The poll was left open for the whole of the regular season and the following screen shot is the poll result which will apply from the 2018 season forever more.

IL 2017 GM’s


WK1 - 1 strike (Netherlands)
WK2 - no strikes issued
WK3 - 1 strike (Republic of Ireland)
WK4 - no strikes issued
WK5 - 1 strike (Hungary)
WK6 - 2 strikes (Republic of Ireland & Slovenia)
WK7 - no strikes issued
WK8 - 3 strikes (Republic of Ireland x3)
WK9 - no strikes issued
WK10 - 5 strikes (Hungary x4 & Finland)
WK11 - 3 strikes (Hungary x2 & Canada)
WK12 - 1 strike (Mexico)
WK13 - 2 strikes (Mexico & Spain)
WK14 - 1 strike (Republic of Ireland)
WK15 - no strikes issued
WK16 - no strikes issued
WK17 - 1 strike (Grenada)

link to last years Strike Count post (for my reference): IL 2016 Strikes

2017 Season (Year 8) Live Draft Poll

  • Thur. 31st August 6pm US ET / 11pm UK BST
  • Sun 3 September 2:30pm US ET / 7:30pm UK BST
  • Sun 3 September 4:30pm US ET / 9:30pm UK BST
  • Tue 5 September 11am US ET / 4pm UK BST
  • Tue 5 September 1pm US ET / 6pm UK BST
  • Tue 5 September 4pm US ET / 9pm UK BST
  • Tue 5 September 6pm US ET / 11pm UK BST
  • Wed 6 September 11am US ET / 4pm UK BST
  • Wed 6 September 1pm US ET / 6pm UK BST
  • Wed 6 September 4pm US ET / 9pm UK BST
  • Wed 6 September 6pm US ET / 11pm UK BST
  • Thur 7 September 11am US ET / 4pm UK BST
  • Thur 7 September 1pm US ET / 6pm UK BST
  • Thur 7 September 4pm US ET / 9pm UK BST

0 voters

I will manually close this poll sometime after midnight UK BST Monday 28th August (going into Tuesday 29th August).

At that point if there is one option with a clear majority and all voters are IL GM’s I will officially announce that as our draft date and time for this year. Again if it helps people times can be adjusted up to an hour either way (or part there of) of the draft times listed.

EDIT: Poll extended for 24hrs to try and find a clear winner as 4 options were tied at 40% at original deadline and only 50% of League GM’s had voted.

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How can there be 39 votes and 8 voters?

Because each person can vote for all 14 options - you vote for all the ones you can do or don’t mind doing - others may chose to only vote for the ones they really want to do. Choice is yours but each GM can vote for up to 14 options - it counts them all - rather than the individual voters but as I set voting to public when poll closes I check who the voters are in the majority option to make sure they are all in the IL.

In my case I voted for all 14 choices as I can or rather am willing to do every draft option listed.

Okay after the draft poll extension we still had 2 joint top preferences and with such little time to one of them I saw no fairer option other than a coin toss (so I made a video doing just that):

Please set your auto draft rank list if you can’t make the live draft and please select your keeper ASAP now as the Keeper deadline is imminent (about 24 hrs prior to draft) to give me time to manually customise our draft board with last years draft pick trading and correct positions for keepers. If you find the keepers have locked before you picked yours I may still be able to manually put it in so PM me from the league or here - no guarantees but will try to assist any GM’s who get caught out due to the short official notice of our draft date/time - though to be fair you could of selected your keeper anytime since the NFL.com game went live - don’t need to know the draft date to do that.

Well, guess I missed the vote deadline…I thought it was 10pm EST my time. Oh well…no worries.

I’m in the middle of a move after we bought a house, so…meh.

Yeah I closed it about a few hours ago buddy - would of been useful if you had made it - why you leave it so long - already extended it by 24hrs?

In the end had to use a coin flip.

Sorry man, like you, I’ve been swamped. We bought a new house and we’re in the middle of a move. Movers come this Thurs Aug. 31st at Noon…lol! But I’ll get there for the live draft at 6pm my time. :smiley:

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I’d understand if you couldn’t Brian - I’ll be burning the midnight oil to do it myself here. Don’t forget to select your keeper if you want one as I’ll be putting them in manually night before draft so they lock sometime Wednesday.

I’m from Russian and want try game for this league.

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Week 3 Strikes (x1)

Sad to report Republic of Ireland (James Maguire) picks up 1 strike this week for starting TE - Tyler Eifert - (CIN) who was ruled out before his teams actual game day.

Published: Fri, Sep 22 at 12:05pm by Rotowire.com

Ruled out for Week 3
Eifert (knee/back) has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Packers, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals’ official site reports.

Analysis: Eifert was unable to practice at all this week, so it comes as little surprise that he will be sidelined Sunday. Tyler Kroft is next in line on the Bengals’ depth chart, but C.J. Uzomah seems like the best bet among Bengals tight ends to make a fantasy impact in Eifert’s absence.

Week 5 Strikes (x1)

I have to report Hungary (Mario Benko) picks up 1 strike this week for starting DEF - Atlanta Falcons who were on there BYE this week.

Week 6 Strikes (x2)

Sad to report 2 strikes are issued this week.

Republic of Ireland (James Maguire) picks up 1 strike this week for starting QB - Tyrod Taylor - (BUF) who was on a BYE this week.


Slovenia (Uros Stajer) also picks up 1 strike this week for starting DEF - Buffalo Bills who were on there BYE this week.

Week 8 Strikes (x3)

Sad to report 3 strikes are issued this week (all to the same team). :astonished:

Republic of Ireland (James Maguire) picks up 3 strikes this week for starting RB - DeMarco Murray - (TEN), K - Aldrick Rosas (NYG) and DEF - New York Giants who were all on a BYE this week.

This now brings James on to 5 strikes total so he has lost his spot for next season but it’s quite clear he’s flaked on this league so I doubt he will care. However one more strike and I’ll be replacing him in running during this current season.