1903 in Canadian football

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Canadian Football News in 1903[edit]

The ORFU adopted the Burnside Rules which reduced teams to 12 men per side, put into play the Snap-Back system of moving the ball, required the offensive team to gain 10 yards on three downs, abolished the Throw-In from the sidelines, permitted only six men on the line, stated that all Goals by Kicking were to be worth two points and the opposition was to line up 10 yards from the defenders on all Kicks. The Rules were to be made uniform across the country as quickly as possible. The CIRFU, QRFU and CRU refused to adopt the new Rules.

QRFU and CRU reduced their rosters from 15 to 14 players. CRU ruled that possession could not go beyond three scrimmages unless during the third scrimmage the ball was moved five yards on a run or a kick. Ottawa returned to the QRFU and the MRFU moved to a fall schedule.

Regular season[edit]

Final regular season standings[edit]

Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, Pts = Points

Ontario Rugby Football Union[1]
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Hamilton Tigers 4 4 0 0 139 51 8
Toronto Torontos 4 2 2 0 73 75 4
Hamilton WEPC 4 0 4 0 35 97 0
Quebec Rugby Football Union[2]
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Ottawa Rough Riders 6 5 1 0 75 31 10
Montreal Football Club 6 4 2 0 78 43 8
University of Ottawa 6 3 3 0 57 43 6
Britannia Football Club 6 0 6 0 23 116 0
Intercollegiate Rugby Football Union[1]
Team GP W L T Pts
Varsity Blues 4 3 0 1 7
McGill Redmen 4 2 2 0 4
Queen's University 4 0 3 1 1
Manitoba Rugby Football Union
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Winnipeg Shamrocks 4 3 1 0 106 36 6
Winnipeg Rowing Club 4 2 2 0 38 59 4
St.John's Rugby Football Club 4 1 3 0 29 78 2

League Champions[edit]

Football Union League Champion
CIRFU University of Toronto
ORFU Hamilton Tigers
QRFU Ottawa College
MRFU Winnipeg Shamrocks

Playoffs[edit]

  • No Dominion Final was played this year due to a rules dispute over the newly adopted Burnside Rules used by the ORFU.

References[edit]

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1902 in Canadian football
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1904 in Canadian football