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. 

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.

2017 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game.

NFL Video Rulebook

The NFL Video Rulebook explains NFL rules with video examples.

2017 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.

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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.

In keeping with the NFL’s No. 1 priority — the health and safety of the players — the Competition Committee is exploring the concept of a medical timeout.

Atlanta Falcons President, CEO and NFL competition committee member Rich McKay speaks as Jeff Fisher, head coach of the St. Louis Rams and member of the NFL competition committee listens at a news conference at the NFL football annual meeting in Orlando, Fla., Wednesday, March 26, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Atlanta Falcons President, CEO and NFL competition committee member Rich McKay speaks as Jeff Fisher, head coach of the St. Louis Rams and member of the NFL competition committee listens at a news conference at the NFL football annual meeting in Orlando, Fla., Wednesday, March 26, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

After reviewing video of more than 40,000 plays, we’ve identified a handful of occasions where players who may have been injured remained on the field, often because they were in the midst of two-minute or no-huddle offenses.

We want to ensure that players receive the proper care during every game, and we don’t want the clock to dictate whether that care is provided. At each game, several people are responsible for identifying players on the field who may need medical attention: the teams’ medical staffs, the independent certified athletic trainers (ATC spotters) in the stands and an independent neurologist on the sidelines.

We’re considering expanding the authority of the independent neurologist to activate a medical timeout if he or she believes it is warranted.

The Competition Committee has several factors to consider before deciding whether to make medical timeouts part of the game. They include the processes and protocols that would initiate a medical timeout, the mechanics of calling one and the procedures associated with it. The NFL Players Association will collect input from its members and its medical advisers, and coaches, general managers and owners will be heard from as well. Another consideration is ensuring that the competitive balance of the game isn’t disrupted.

This is all part of the process the Competition Committee goes through in determining how best to advance player health and safety and protect players from unnecessary risk.

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