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.

The HSPD Story

Using football to shape leaders, on and off the field.

Football is much more than a game played by 22 people on a field. It has an important role in many young players’ lives, providing a strong foundation for them no matter what path they take.
Vernon Davis during a game between the Chicago Bears and the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, September 14, 2014. (AP Photo/David Drapkin).

Vernon Davis during a game between the Chicago Bears and the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, September 14, 2014. (AP Photo/David Drapkin).

“Football is like life — it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.” 

 VINCE LOMBARDI, HEAD COACH OF THE GREEN BAY PACKERS

Understanding commitment, building strong relationships, and learning discipline and self-respect directly translate to success on and off the field. That’s what the NFL’s High School Player Development program is all about: using football to show high school players that they have a world of opportunity in front of them. But it’s up to the player to do something with it. 

Launched in 2001 by Jerry Horowitz, a successful high school football coach, 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. 

“We saw guys who were good enough to play at any college in the U.S. but didn’t have the grades or the attitudes to get there. So we thought about what we could do to get these players thinking about those opportunities.”

Jerry Horowitz, director of NFL High School Player Development

Today, the HSPD program offers coaches and players access to world-class football instruction, grounded in a curriculum that places equal emphasis on personal and academic development. It has touched the lives of more than 175,000 high school students who have attended multiday camps at as many as 200 sites nationwide. The camps emphasize safety, character development, life skills and football fundamentals. In recent years, the HSPD program has expanded to include regional and national 7-on-7 Tournaments, Lineman Challenges and the NFL Leadership Program — all designed to foster personal success on and off the field.