Madden NFL 2019

Madden Championship Series 2018 - 2019 Variant Ruleset.



Champion takes home $150 and 1st Place Trophy



Runner-up receives $100

Madden Classic Event Rules:

Team Selection in Each Phase of the Live Finals

  • Competitors will select the NFL franchise that they want to use in each round of the tournament.

Double Blind Selection

  • Either player must explicitly ask for the Double Blind Selection method before the start of the game if they are concerned about their opponent counter-picking a lock in team selection. When a player requests Double Blind Selection, both players communicate their franchise selection to a member of the Madden League Operations team. The Madden League Operations team will then inform both players on the teams that will be used in the game.

Custom Playbook & Audibles Usage

  • Competitors will have the ability to set audibles offline without the use of custom playbooks.

Restricted Items List

  • The Madden League Operations team has the right to adjust the restricted items list as needed with no prior warning in order to ensure the fairness of the competition. Player items, playbooks, and teams that cannot be used in tournaments are listed as follows:

Current Restricted Items:

  • As of August 2, 2019 there are no restricted items.

Seeding and Advancement

  • If a player is ranked in the top 500 on, Dakno Gaming reserves the right to provide preferred seeding to those players. All other players will be seeded randomly.

In-Game Settings

Settings Dictated by Head to Head Mode

  • Quarter Length: 5 minutes

  • Play Clock: 40 seconds (default, cannot change)

  • Skill Level: All-Madden

  • Weather: Clear

  • Injuries: 0

  • Fatigue: 50

  • Accelerated Clock: Off

  • Game Speed: Normal

  • Game Style: Competitive

  • Event Type: Quick Presentation

Other Adjustable Settings

Competitors can adjust the following settings provided that there are no bugs or game imbalances caused within the Competition mode.

  • Auto Sprint: Default On

  • Auto Strafe: Default On

  • Heat Seeker: Default On

  • Ball Hawk: Default On

  • Switch Assist: Default Off

  • Auto Play Flip: Off

  • Camera Setting: Standard

Lineup and Depth Chart Requirements

Lineups in Head to Head are managed through Madden NFL 20’s lineup screen.

Additional Gameplay Rules

  • Onside Kicks: Onside kicks are not allowed in the first half. A Competitor may attempt an onside kick at any time in the 2nd half.

  • Excessive Offsides: Neither the offense nor defense should purposefully go offsides with the intent of delaying the game nor exhibiting unsportsmanlike conduct. Intent is at the sole discretion of the tournament administration.

  • Improper Audibles: Competitors may not audible out of the QB Kneel, Wildcat, Field Goal, or Punt formations.


Any attempt to glitch the game in order to gain an advantage is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to the following situations:

  • Any offsides glitch.

  • Intentionally slowing down a defense at the line of scrimmage to cause an offsides penalty.

Procedure After a Glitch Penalty: In the event that a tournament administrator determines that a penalty was caused by an unauthorized glitch, the following actions will be taken to return the game to a fair state depending on the result of the play:

If the ball wasn’t advanced by the offense OR the result of the play was in favor of the defense (turnover, sack, defensive TD), then the offense will be forced to decline the penalty (in the end, the penalty for a glitch is a loss of down). If the ball was advanced by the offense, then the offense will be forced to take penalties until they are equal or behind the line of scrimmage at the start of the play where they intentionally glitched (in the end, the penalty for a glitch is a loss of down).

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