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.

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.”

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 NFL Draft

Introducing the next wave of NFL superstars. 

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the camp cost?

  • The camp is completely free for all participants.

What do I need to participate in the camp?

  • To participate in an HSPD camp, you must have a waiver signed by both the participant and a parent/guardian as well as a valid medical form/physical signed by a doctor giving the participant clearance to play contact football.

When are the camps?

  • The camps can run any time from April through August.  The site manager determines the camp dates according to local regulations and venue availability.

I am a high school student, how can I sign up?

  • if you see a camp on the website that interests you, have your football coach or parent/guardian contact the site manager. You can click the site manager’s name on the list of sites to send them an email.

I am a high school football coach, how do I sign up my team?

  • If there is a specific camp you want to attend, contact the site manager by clicking on their name in the site list to send them an email.  You can also contact the regional director associated with the site.

Allen coach Tom Westerberg, right, congratulates quarterback Kyler Murray as he comes off the field during the UIL 6A Division I state championship football game against Cypress Ranch on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. Allen won 47-16. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Allen coach Tom Westerberg, right, congratulates quarterback Kyler Murray as he comes off the field during the UIL 6A Division I state championship football game against Cypress Ranch on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. Allen won 47-16. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

What is the age requirement for the camp?

  • The camp is open to incoming (fall of next school year) high school freshman through seniors.

How do I get a camp in my area?

  • Camp locations are based on interest from high schools, coaches, and the community.  Camps require a minimum of 150 participants.  The first step is determining a site manager that will be the main contact for the site. They will need to survey the interest of the community high schools and coaches. If there is sufficient interest, they should reach out to the regional director in their area.

How do I host a camp?

  • If you are interested in hosting a camp, please contact the regional director in your area.  You can find your regional director by selecting your state from the map and selecting any one of the camps to see the regional director’s name and phone number.  You can also send an email to nflhspd@nfl.com.

How do I get a planner?

  • All participants, coaches, and volunteers at our HSPD camps will receive a planner.  We also do a mass mailing of the HSPD materials to all coaches listed in the coaches’ directory of Clell Wade.  If you would like to get a planner and do not fall in these two categories, we will send out any remaining planners on a first come, first serve basis after all of the HSPD camps are completed in late August.  To request a planner at that time, fill out a Contact Us form with a description of why you are requesting the planner, how you learned about it, and how it would be helpful to you.  Please include your shipping address.  No P.O. Box address requests will be filled.

How do I get an instructional DVD?

  • All coaches and volunteers at our HSPD camps will receive a copy of the most recent instructional DVD and practice plan.  We also do a mass mailing of the HSPD materials to all coaches listed in the coaches' directory of Clell Wade in May.  If you would like to get a copy and do not fall into these two categories, we will send out any remaining DVD's on a first come, first serve basis after all of the HSPD camps are completed in late August.  To request a DVD at that time, fill out a Contact Us form with a description of how you heard about the DVD and why you would like the DVD including the age group you coach and demographics of where you coach.  Please include your shipping address.  No P.O. Box address requests will be filled.

How do I register for the NFL 7-on-7 Tournament?

  • In order to qualify for the NFL 7-on-7 Tournament you must participate in the HSPD program.  Each HSPD site in a NFL market will choose a team to represent them at the Regional Tournament.  Winners of the Regional Tournaments go on to compete in an all expense paid trip to the National Tournament. 

Who is the regional director for my area?

Can you help support my local youth football program?

  • The HSPD program does provide financial support to local football programs.  To apply for field or equipment grants, please contact USA Football or the NFL Youth Football Fund.

How can I coach at an HSPD camp?

  • If you are interested in coaching, please contact the site manager of the camp where you wish to coach. You can contact the site manager via email by clicking on their name in the site list.

How can I volunteer at an HSPD camp?

  • If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the site manager of the camp where you wish to volunteer. You can contact the site manager via email by clicking on their name in the site list.

Do coaches get paid for working an HSPD camp?

  • Coaches receive a stipend of $200 for working at an HSPD camp as long as the appropriate paperwork is sent into the League office in a timely fashion. PLEASE NOTE: It is the responsibility of the site manager to send in the correct paperwork in a timely fashion

I worked an HSPD camp, why haven't I been paid?

  • Payment is processed roughly 8-10 weeks after paperwork has been received by the League Office. Site managers are supposed to send paperwork back to the League Office within two weeks of the site’s end date. If it has been longer than 12 weeks since the camp where you worked ended, please contact the site manager of the camp to inquire about why you have not received payment. If they are unsure about why payment hasn't been received, ask them to reach out to their regional director to inquire about the site’s payment status.