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

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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.   

2015 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game.

New Rules for the 2015-16 Season

The NFL’s Competition Committee approved rules changes and points of emphasis for 2015-16.

HSPD Resources

Equipping youth players and coaches with the tools to be successful.

In addition to providing camps that educate players and coaches, the NFL’s High School Player Development 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.
HSPD camps had so much to offer. You get different coaching and different views that really help you develop and grow.”

 KC Agu, HSPD Alum, NYPD Traffic Safety Officer

Resources for Coaches

The NFL knows the important role that youth coaches play in the lives of young athletes, and it believes that they deserve the best resources available to help student-athletes reach their full potential. The following tools are designed to assist coaches as they develop leaders on the field and in life.

Phillips Academy head coach Troy McAllister speaks to his players during practice in this Nov. 26, 2014 photo. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

Phillips Academy head coach Troy McAllister speaks to his players during practice in this Nov. 26, 2014 photo. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

Coaches Corner

The Coaches Corner helps coaches hone their skills by learning about the newest coaching techniques and sharing instructional tools with their colleagues around the nation.

Concussion Safety

Sports help young athletes develop important team-building skills and physical fitness habits that last a lifetime. This program helps coaches learn the signs of concussions in players so they can stay active, on the field and off. Athletes who suffer concussions often don’t recognize how severe the injury can be and attempt to continue to play. Coaches must be able to recognize the signs of a concussion and protect athletes by pulling them from the field.

To help coaches properly identify and respond to a concussion, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed the Heads Up: Concussion in High School Sports initiative and materials.

Football Grant Opportunities

For youth football programs to thrive, they require adequate funding and access to resources. These programs may be able to help support youth leagues:

NCAA Eligibility Center

Coaches play a key role in ensuring that student-athletes maximize their potential. They need to understand and be able to share the requirements to keep their student-athletes eligible to play at the next level. The NCAA Eligibility Center provides information on eligibility, recruiting and financial aid.

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS AND PLAYERS

To be successful, youth football needs both student-athletes and their parents. The players supply the drive and passion that power the game, and their families provide the support that makes it all possible. To make sure that players have every opportunity to pursue the sport they love, HSPD and its partners offer a wide range of resources — helping student-athletes, with the aid of their families, reach their full potential on and off the field.

Clairton running back Tyler Boyd is hugged by his mother Toyna Payne after Clairton defeated Dunmore 20-0 in the PIAA Class A championship game Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 in Hershey, Pa. (AP Photo/Bradley C Bower)

Clairton running back Tyler Boyd is hugged by his mother Toyna Payne after Clairton defeated Dunmore 20-0 in the PIAA Class A championship game Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 in Hershey, Pa. (AP Photo/Bradley C Bower)

Financial Aid and Loan Information

HSPD helps connect student-athletes and their families with financial aid opportunities:

  • College scholarships – Find out about available scholarship opportunities (updated monthly).
  • Direct loans – Use interactive tools to learn how loans may help achieve academic goals.
  • FAFSA – Learn about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and how it can help students get the financial assistance they need to continue their education.
  • Federal student aid – Get help with every stage of the financial aid process.
  • FinAid – Find financial aid information with this comprehensive collection of student resources.

NCAA Eligibility Center

To keep playing at the next level, student athletes must understand the eligibility requirements for college football. The NCAA Eligibility Center has the most current and accurate information regarding NCAA rules and regulations, eligibility requirements, recruiting regulations, sports-related financial aid and ways to maintaining a player’s amateur status.

Deeper Dive: Learn how NFL officials are developed at the grassroots level.

Deeper Dive: Learn how NFL officials are developed at the grassroots level.

NFL Officiating

Not all opportunities in the NFL come with a helmet and pads. There are opportunities for interested people of all ages to get their start in officiating. Visit the NFL Officiating Academy website to learn more about how to get started in your area.

NFL Player Engagement

The NFL Player Engagement programs offer continuous guidance and support to optimize players’ personal and professional growth. Its NFL Prep, NFL Life, and NFL Next programs prepare and support players mentally, emotionally and physically for life on the field and during their transition to life after the game.

SAT Practice Tests, Dates, and Locations

Many colleges and universities require standardized tests such as the SAT as part of the admissions process. Visit the College Board website to learn about colleges and opportunities.

Selecting the Right College

Choosing the right school is a major decision. These tools help student-athletes and their families collect the information to allow them to make the best choice: