Football Ops

Football Ops

Protecting the integrity of the greatest game.

NFL Ops: Honoring the Game

It's our responsibility to strengthen the sport.

League Governance

Ensuring a consistent and fair game that is decided on the field, by the players.

NFL Rules Enforcement

Ensuring that players conduct themselves in a way that honors the sport and respects the game.

Fines & Appeals

The NFL's schedule of infractions and fines, and a process for appeal.

Economic & Social Impact

Honoring the league’s commitment to serve the communities where the game is played.

The NFL Ops Team

Meet the people behind NFL Operations.

The Game

The Game

Learn about the people, the jobs and the technology that deliver the best game possible to NFL fans across the U.S. and around the world. 

Gameday: Behind the Scenes

Countdown to kickoff: how NFL games happen.


In the NFL, balancing technology with tradition.

Impact of Television

How television has changed the game.

History of Instant Replay

Upon further review…

Creating the NFL Schedule

It takes hundreds of computers and four NFL executives to create the NFL's 256-game masterpiece.

The Players

The Players

Learn how NFL players have changed over time, how they’re developed and drafted and how the league works with them after their playing days are over.  

Evolution of the NFL Player

Creating an NFL player: from “everyman” to “superman.”

Development Pipeline

Supporting the next generation of players and fans.

Getting Into the Game

Preparing players of all ages for success at football’s highest level.

The NFL Draft

Introducing the next wave of NFL superstars. 

NFL Player Engagement

A look at the programs the NFL and its partners provide to help every player before, during and after his football career.

NFL Legends Community

Celebrating, educating, embracing and connecting all former NFL players with each other, their former teams and the league.

The Officials

The Officials

Discover the evolution of professional officiating, the weekly evaluation process and how the NFL identifies and develops the next generation of officials.

In Focus: History of the Official

“One thing hasn’t changed: the pressure. It will always be there.”

Inside NFL GameDay Central

The latest information from the NFL's officiating command center.

These Officials Are Really Good

Every week, officials take the field ready to put months of preparation, training and hard work on display, knowing that the whole world — and the Officiating Department — is watching.

Officiating Development

Officiating an NFL game takes years of training and experience. 

Behind the Stripes: Timeline

Starting the next week’s work when this week’s final whistle blows.

The Rules

The Rules

NFL Football Operations protects the integrity of the game by ensuring that the rules and the officiating are consistent and fair to all competitors.

In Focus: Evolution of the NFL Rules

The custodians of football not only have protected its integrity, but have also revised its playing rules to protect the players, and to make the games fairer and more entertaining.

2016 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game.

NFL Video Rulebook

NFL SVP of Officiating Dean Blandino explains NFL rules with video examples.

2016 Rules Changes and Points of Emphasis

NFL Overtime Rules

NFL Tiebreaking Procedures

The NFL's procedures for breaking ties for postseason playoffs.

Signals Intelligence

The NFL's familiar hand signals help fans better understand the game.   

Stats Central

Stats Central

Go inside the game with the NFL's official game stats.  Sort the stats by season or by week.

Chart The Data

Chart and compare the NFL Football Operations stats you're looking for with the NFL's data tool. 

Weekly Dashboard

Get a snapshot of the current NFL game stats, updated weekly during the regular season.

The Officials

Discover the evolution of professional officiating, the weekly evaluation process and how the NFL identifies and develops the next generation of officials.

The Highlight

2016 NFL Officiating Roster

The complete 2016 NFL roster of officials including crew assignments.

History of the Official

As football has grown and evolved, so too have the league's officials.

Upon Further Review

An illustrated guide to the NFL’s instant replay review process.

Behind the Stripes

The next week's work begins when this week's final whistle blows.

History of the Officials

Officiating has changed since the NFL’s infancy, but officials’ primary objectives — consistency and excellence — remain the same. Read about the “custodians of the game” and the visionaries behind major advancements in the art (and science) of officiating.

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Inside NFL GameDay Central

Dean Blandino, NFL senior vice president of officiating, takes you behind the scenes at Art McNally GameDay Central — the league's officiating command center.

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These Officials are Really Good

The NFL’s 124 officials aren’t always perfect, but the league’s rigorous evaluation process shows that they are very close. Fans may not always agree with every call, but one thing is certain: These officials are good. 

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Officiating Development

NFL officials are the best of the best — only 124 officials currently have the privilege of calling football games at the highest level. No one officiates forever, so the NFL’s Officiating Department continuously develops a robust talent pipeline to ensure that the next generation of officials is ready to step up when needed.

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Football Officiating Academy (F.O.A.)

FOA broadens the talent pool by introducing officiating to people across the country who are interested in learning more about it. These academies teach officiating mechanics and football fundamentals, along with professional and personal skills that last a lifetime. Learn More

Women Officiating Now (W.O.N.)

Women are pursuing football officiating as a career. Women are teaching others to become great officials. Women are breaking barriers across the sport of football and making NFL officiating history. Women are officiating now. Learn More

Advanced Programs

From scouting college officials, identifying elite talent and getting former players involved, the NFL is strengthening the officiating pipeline.

Behind the Stripes

This oral timeline of a typical week in the NFL’s Officiating Department pulls back the curtain on what fans don’t see: the league’s rigorous evaluation process.

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