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.

Technology

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 136 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

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.

Women Officiating Now (WON)

 

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.
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And the NFL wants to introduce more women to football officiating and see more women working as officials nationwide. Women Officiating Now (WON) aims to do just that. Launched in 2013 as part of the NFL’s Football Officiating Academy (FOA)WON hosts clinics at which women learn the basics of football, the fundamentals of officiating and leadership skills that are useful on and off the field. WON shows women how to get involved in officiating and highlights the history and accomplishments of the pioneers who paved the way for them.

WON CLINICS MAKE IT OFFICIAL 

At WON clinics, women learn from former players, elite female officials and NFL representatives to better understand officiating and develop their skills.

At WON clinics, women learn from former players, elite female officials and NFL representatives in the classroom and on the field to better understand officiating and develop their skills. Top performers can earn the opportunity to continue their development in the NFL’s Officiating Development Program and work toward officiating at higher levels.

“The NFL believes in diversity and inclusion — and it starts here.”

 VANESSA SIVERLS-STREATER, W.O.N. PROGRAM DIRECTOR

WON clinics are open to all women, no matter their background or skill level. Some attendees come with officiating experience; others are new to the discipline. Attendees may be young female athletes, women who played football or female football fans who want to know more about officiating.

The NFL believes in diversity and inclusion in every department. These officiating pioneers broke down barriers and paved the way for others.

  

WON IS WORKING

Women are officiating at all levels of football with WON’s support. Here are just a few of the women moving through the officiating ranks:

Meet Sarah Thomas, the first woman to be assigned full time to an NFL officiating crew.  

  • Sarah Thomas became the first woman to be assigned full-time to an NFL officiating crew before the 2015 season.
  • Maia Chaka, part of the NFL’s Officiating Development Programofficiated NFL preseason games in 2014 and is in position to make the jump to the NFL.
  • Eight WON participants were hired as WON instructors and assistants, including Catherine “Cat” Conti, lead instructor of the Los Angeles WON program, who this year became the first female official in the Big 12.
  • Another five WON officials — Sharlanda Demingo, Tangela Mitchell, Yvonda Lewis, Krystal Appeleniz and Artenzia Young — are officiating in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and Southwestern Athletic Conference.

PARTNER WITH WON

Through WON, the NFL partners with organizations at all levels of football — youth and high school leagues, the Independent Women’s Football League, the Women’s Football Foundation, the Fins Up! Foundation for Female Athletics, military academies and others — to identify, develop and engage with prospective female officials at every level.

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