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, fair and safe 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…

The Players

The Players

Learn how NFL players have changed over time, how they’re developed 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.”

High School Player Development

Developing leadership, character and skill for success on the field and in life.

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.

Life After the Game

Creating the game plan for life after football.

The Officials

The Officials

Discover the evolution of professional officiating, the weekly evaluation process, and how the 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.”

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 make games fairer, safer and more entertaining.

Signals Intelligence

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

2014 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game.

High School Player Development

Developing leadership, character and skill for success on the field and in life.

High school football can play a powerful role in a young person’s life. It teaches the values and habits that enable young players to become leaders, both on and off the field. That’s the vision behind the NFL’s High School Player Development program, where leadership, character and skill create success.
"I believe in football, and I believe in its ability to change our world."

Matt Birk, director of football development

The HSPD Story

Launched in 2001 by Jerry Horowitz, the HSPD program began with four inner-city high schools in New York City. It focused not just on improving the schools’ football programs, but also on developing better players and people. The goal was simple: Create opportunity through football.

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HSPD Resources

In addition to providing camps that educate players and coaches, the HSPD program connects youth players, coaches and parents with resources and information to help them succeed on and off the field. HSPD’s range of resources helps participants get the most out of their high school football experience.

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HSPD Programs

The HSPD program opens doors for high school players, creating opportunities that will stay with them throughout their lives. Through the program, players learn football fundamentals, develop character, and learn important life skills — at no cost to them. 

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Staff and Structure

Developing young football players is about more than just making better athletes. See how the HSPD program operates to learn how it not only creates better football players and programs, but also helps make better members of society.

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