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 and fair 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 hundreds of 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.”

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.

The NFL Draft

Introducing the next wave of NFL superstars. 

NFL Player Engagement

A look at the programs the NFL and its partners provide to help every player before, during and after his football career.

NFL Legends Community

Celebrating, educating, embracing and connecting all former NFL players with each other, their former teams and the league.

The Officials

The Officials

Discover the evolution of professional officiating, the weekly evaluation process and how 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 protect the players, and to make the games fairer and more entertaining.

2016 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game.

NFL Video Rulebook

NFL SVP of Officiating Dean Blandino explains NFL rules with video examples.

2016 Rules Changes and Points of Emphasis

NFL Overtime Rules

NFL Tiebreaking Procedures

The NFL's procedures for breaking ties for postseason playoffs.

Signals Intelligence

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

Stats Central

Stats Central

Go inside the game with the NFL's official game stats.  Sort the stats by season or by week.

Chart The Data

Chart and compare the NFL Football Operations stats you're looking for with the NFL's data tool. 

Weekly Dashboard

Get a snapshot of the current NFL game stats, updated weekly during the regular season.

NFL Convenes Catch Rule Committee

Throughout the NFL’s history, the custodians of the game have modified the rules as needed to improve how professional football is played and administered.

In 2015, the Competition Committee clarified the language pertaining to the definition of a catch. Despite the clarification, confusion continued to surround the rule as to how it is officiated, played, executed, and communicated.

See how the rule defining a catch has evolved

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced during a Dec. 2 news conference that the NFL has convened a catch committee to examine finding a possible better solution.

“We want clarity” to the rule, Goodell said. “We want to find a better solution if it’s out there, and so that committee will come back, they will report to the Competition Committee and the Competition Committee will then of course report to the membership if there’s a solution or a recommendation.”

The six members of the group are Pro Football Hall of Fame general manager Bill Polian, former head coaches Ken Whisenhunt, Jim Schwartz and Joe Philbin, former receiver James Thrash and former side judge Tom Fincken.

View the same catches, fumbles or incomplete passes video that the panel will see.

View the same video of receivers going to the ground that the panel will see. 

They will discuss the rule with current and former players to try to identify a better solution, if one exists. The first meeting to gather input is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 5; the players participating in this meeting will include Hall of Fame receivers Cris Carter, Steve Largent, Fred Biletnikoff and Tim Brown, current Green Bay Packers receiver Jordy Nelson, former receiver Randy Moss and former tight end Chad Lewis.

Committee members will review video of recent plays that could be called as catches, fumbles or incomplete passes and plays where receivers are in the process of going to the ground. They will also review video of plays that could be called as catch or no catch from the past 20 years.

They will consider several factors, including whether the existing language in the rulebook is clear to the officials, players, coaches and fans or if there are ways to improve it.

“We want to be able to understand better how we actually define how long they have to keep possession of the ball,” Goodell said in a Dec. 11 interview with Bob Papa and Shannon Sharpe on SiriusXM Radio. “That’s really the key issue.”

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