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INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE - Year 9 / 2018 (NFL.com)


Keeper Deadline Date: Thursday, August 23, 2018
Live Draft Date: Sunday, Aug 26, 2018 3:00pm EDT / 8:00pm BST
(Snake style draft)

International League Homepage

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 has proved 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. This has also helped 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 was 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.

All other current league settings including Scoring Settings can be viewed here: IL Settings


Sometimes 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 can look up the answers going forward at any time just by coming here to see if its already happened before and what the ruling is. It is also a reference point for me to see what I did previously so as to be consistent in actions I do.

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.

As I need to manually adjust the draft board to reflect swapped draft picks before our draft room goes live (and this takes time) out of season (pre-draft) draft pick trades must be agreed before the keeper deadline.

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. Basically 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 whatever 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. Furthermore during the 2017 season I ran a 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 screenshot is the poll result which will apply from the 2018 season forever more:


IL 2018 GM's (Stikes) & Waiting List



WK1 - no strikes issued
WK2 - no strikes issued
WK3 - no strikes issued
WK4 - 1 strike (Colombia)
WK5 - no strikes issued
WK6 - 1 strike (Russia)
WK7 - no strikes issued
WK8 - 2 strikes (Russia & Grenada)
WK9 - 2 strikes (Russia & Scotland)
WK10 - no strikes issued
WK11 - 2 strikes (Australia & Russia)
WK12 - 1 strike (Spain)
WK13 - no strikes issued
WK14 - no strikes issued
WK15 - no strikes issued
WK16 - 1 strike (Grenada)
WK17 - 3 strikes (Switzerland & Russia x2)

link to last years Strike Count post (for my reference): IL 2017 Strikes

INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE - Records & Super Bowl Results

IL Play Off Tree 2010


IL Super Bowl I - 2010


IL Final Standings Table 2010


IL Play Off Tree 2011


IL Super Bowl II - 2011


IL Final Standings Table 2011


IL Play Off Tree 2012


IL Super Bowl III - 2012


IL Final Standings Table 2012


IL Play Off Tree 2013


IL Super Bowl IV - 2013


IL - Super Bowl IV Recap - 2013


IL Final Standings Table 2013


IL Regular Season Standings 2014


IL Play Off Tree 2014


IL Super Bowl V - 2014


IL - Super Bowl V Recap - 2014


IL Final Standings Table 2014


IL Regular Season Standings 2015


IL Play Off Tree 2015


IL Super Bowl VI - 2015


IL - Super Bowl VI Recap - 2015


IL Final Standings Table 2015


IL Regular Season Standings 2016


IL Play Off Tree 2016


IL Super Bowl VII - 2016


IL - Super Bowl VII Recap - 2016


IL Final Standings Table 2016


IL Regular Season Standings 2017

IL Play Off Tree 2017

IL Super Bowl VIII - 2017

IL - Super Bowl VIII Recap - 2017

Tossers don’t always generate one - thanks for nothing NFL.com :frowning:

IL Final Standings Table 2017

Okay the deadline has been reached for the IL’s 2018 draft poll and this is how it looks:

16 GM’s (out of 20) bothered to vote and the majority option with 25% is Sun 26th @ 3pm EDT so that will be the IL live drafts date and time for 2018.

Apologies to those who can’t make it but its the nature in a league as big as this that the date and time will not suit all. Please set your draft boards so that if you can’t make it you get the best chance of the players you covert.

Week 4 Strikes (x1)

Sad to report the following strike is awarded for NFL Week 4:

Omar Espitia - COLOMBIA x1

x1 Started DEF - Redskins - (WAS) - on a BYE

Week 6 Strikes (x1)

Sad to report the following strike is awarded for NFL Week 6:

Vladimir Mouratov - RUSSIA x1

x1 Started QB - Drew Brees - (NO) - on a BYE

Week 8 Strikes (x2)

Sad to report the following strikes are awarded for NFL Week 8:

Vladimir Mouratov - RUSSIA x1

x1 Started RB - Derrick Henry - (TEN) - on a BYE

Marlon Lewis - GRENADA x1

x1 Started QB - Matt Ryan - (ATL) - on a BYE

Week 9 Strikes (x2)

Sad to report the following strikes are awarded for NFL Week 9:

Vladimir Mouratov - RUSSIA x1

x1 Started TE - Eric Ebron - (IND) - on a BYE

Douglas Hay - SCOTLAND x1

x1 Started DEF - Bengals - (CIN) - on a BYE

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Week 11 Strikes (x2)

Sad to report the following strikes are awarded for NFL Week 11:

Arv Gee - AUSTRALIA x1

x1 Started DEF - Patriots - (NE) - on a BYE

Vladimir Mouratov - RUSSIA x1

x1 Started DEF - Jets - (NY) - on a BYE

Week 12 Strikes (x1)

Sad to report the following strike is awarded for NFL Week 12:

Axel Marban - SPAIN x1

x1 Started RB - Kerryon Johnson - (DET) - OUT, was ruled out before his teams actual game day:

Published: Wed, Nov 21 at 2:26pm by Rotowire.com

Won’t play on Thanksgiving
Johnson (knee) has been ruled out for Thursday’s game against the Bears, Tim Twentyman of the Lions’ official site reports.

Analysis: This was the obvious outcome after Johnson sprained his knee during Sunday’s 20-19 win over the Panthers. He was listed as a non-participant throughout the week of practice, leaving LeGarrette Blount, Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner to man the backfield in Thursday’s matchup. Blount is the favorite to lead the team in carries, while Riddick should stay busy in the passing game for an offense that’s also missing wide receiver Marvin Jones (knee). It’s unclear if the Lions have a good chance to get Johnson or Jones back on the field for Week 13 against the Rams.

Week 16 Strikes (x1)

Sad to report the following strike is awarded for NFL Week 16:

Marlon Lewis - GRENADA x1

x1 Started WR - Josh Gordon - (NE) - OUT, was ruled out before his teams actual game day:

Published: Thu, Dec 20 at 2:41pm by Rotowire.com

Receives indefinite suspension
The NFL announced Thursday that Gordon has been returned to the Reserve/Commissioner Suspended list on a indefinite basis after violating the terms of his conditional reinstatement under the Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The suspension was foreshadowed earlier Thursday, when Gordon released a statement on his personal Twitter account suggesting he would take time away from football to address his mental health. It’s the fifth ban that Gordon has faced since entering the league in 2012 and the suspension may effectively spell an end to his playing career. Before a return to the NFL is even entertained, Gordon will turn his focus to getting his personal affairs in order.

Week 17 Strikes (x3)

Sad to report the following strikes are awarded for NFL Week 17:

Andy Düenner - SWITZERLAND x1

x1 Started QB - Taylor Heinicke - (CAR) - OUT, was ruled out before his teams actual game day:

Published: Wed, Dec 26 at 11:03am by Rotowire.com

Sent to injured reserve
The Panthers placed Heinicke on injured reserve Wednesday, Max Henson of the team’s official site reports.

Analysis: After suffering a left elbow injury during his first NFL start in Sunday’s loss to the Falcons, Heinicke required an MRI a day later. The results of Heinicke’s examination aren’t known, but the Panthers apparently determined he wouldn’t be able to make it back for a Week 17 matchup with the Saints. With coach Ron Rivera suggesting earlier in the week that Cam Newton (shoulder) would remain shut down for the season finale, undrafted rookie Kyle Allen is on track to receive the starting assignment. To replace Heinicke on the roster, the Panthers signed Garrett Gilbert, who will presumably work as Allen’s backup this weekend.

Vladimir Mouratov - RUSSIA x2

x1 Started QB - Drew Brees - (NO) - OUT, was ruled out before his teams actual game day:

Published: Fri, Dec 28 at 3:02pm by Rotowire.com

Won’t play in finale
Teddy Bridgewater will replace Brees as the starting quarterback for Sunday’s game against the Panthers, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: Brees led his team to the No. 1 seed in the NFC and can now get some rest before the divisional round of the playoffs. He’ll finish a season with less than 4,000 passing yards for the first time as a member of the Saints, but he more than made up for it with 8.2 yards per attempt, 32 touchdowns and only five interceptions, not to mention a new single-season NFL record for completion percentage (74.4). Brees is the only threat to prevent Patrick Mahomes from winning an MVP award.

x2 Started K - Chris Boswell - (PHI) - OUT, was ruled out before his teams actual game day:

Published: Fri, Dec 28 at 10:18am by Rotowire.com

Lands on injured reserve
Boswell was placed on injured reserve Friday with an undisclosed injury.

Analysis: Boswell was nearly replaced following Week 15 after missing his seventh field-goal attempt of the season, but he responded by not missing a kick last week against the Saints. The 27-year-old was never listed on the injury report, so what he’s actually dealing with is currently unclear. Pittsburgh signed Matt McCrane to handle kicking duties as the team heads into the final game of the regular season.