The schedule changes will take effect in 2018 while the shoulders pad ban happens immediately.

Previously, teams could hold a total of 17 padded practices following training camp. In the NFL, clubs can have 11 padded practices over the first 11 weeks of the season, a maximum of one per week. After that, clubs can have three more padded practices for a total of 14 on the year.

No league is known to have eliminated padded full-contact practices as the Canadian Football League has today.

While teams will still play an 18-game schedule it will just spread over 21 weeks instead of 20 weeks. The implement of an extra week should significantly reduce the number of short turnarounds between games, such as teams playing three games in 11 days or four in 17 days. The impact of when the CFL season starts and finishes has yet to be determined.

These two moves that were announced on online Wednesday afternoon by the CFL and CFLPA are ways to improve player safety, something that’s been of increasing concern for both the league and players’ association.