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…

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.”

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 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 Staff and Structure

Building a nationwide network in service of youth football and its players.

Developing young football players is about more than just making better athletes. The NFL’s High School Player Development program not only creates better football players and programs, it also helps make better members of society.
An HSPD coach gives instruction during a camp in San Bernardino, Calif.

An HSPD coach gives instruction during a camp in San Bernardino, Calif.

Founded in 2001 by Jerry Horowitz, one of New York City’s most successful high school coaches, the HSPD program uses the latest coaching techniques and instruction from HSPD site managers and major college coaches to help young players improve their fundamentals. It emphasizes safety and concussion awareness, character development and life skills to help make well-rounded student-athletes.

The league knows that not everyone who goes through HSPD will play in the NFL, so the programs provide youth players with the tools to succeed in athletics, in academics and in life.

The Man Behind HSPD


Before joining the NFL Football Operations team, Jerry Horowitz spent 30 years as a football coach — 21 as the head coach at New York City’s John F. Kennedy High School — leading his teams to five city championships and two state championships and winning NYC Coach of the Year four times.

In 1998, Jerry decided to help youth players beyond those on his teams, and launched the Junior Player Development program, which grew to become the High School Player Development program. It began with just two sites and 300 youth players in New York City and has expanded to more than 200 sites across the country, reaching more than 40,000 high school athletes each year.

HSPD now includes more than just local programs. Regional 7-on-7 tournaments bring players from HSPD camps together for the opportunity to represent their local NFL franchise at the National 7-on-7 Tournament. 

The HSPD Network

After starting with only two sites at inner-city high schools in New York City, HSPD has become a nationwide network of more than 200 locations. HSPD relies on partners across the country to administer the camps and programs and uphold HSPD’s organizational principles.


That network starts with HSPD’s 12 regional directors. They work with high school coaches and administrators to start camps in areas where young players may benefit from HSPD’s football instruction and character development programs. Regional directors play two key roles: developing site managers and supervising all HSPD sites in their region.

Regional directors build relationships with local coaches and administrators and scout, recruit, cultivate and train site managers from those local contacts. 

Regional directors supervise HSPD sites and remain in contact with site managers to ensure that each camp runs without a hitch. Directors make sure that site managers submit required information to the HSPD national office and train coaching staff and volunteers before each camp. They communicate with the league office, oversee program logistics and conduct site visits to as many locations as possible.

In addition, regional directors educate site managers on the core tenets of the HSPD program. Directors keep managers up to date on state and local rules for HSPD and 7-on-7 tournament participants, and make sure that they understand how to run camps so players get the most out of their experience.



Site managers are responsible for securing and setting up HSPD camps, updating regional directors and recruiting capable coaches.

After deciding on a location, site managers develop a curriculum that helps youth players develop character and vital life skills. Managers don’t just educate players; they equip coaches with the information and resources they need to conduct safe and effective camps that meet the standards of the HSPD program.

HSPD’s success hinges on a strong network of regional directors, site managers, coaches and volunteers — all working together to implement the program’s curriculum. They help HSPD thrive, and they ensure that future generations of football players have the resources and coaching to fulfill their potential, on and off the field.