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.

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.

The NFL Pro Bowl gives the league an opportunity to test new technology. NFL Football Operations faces a delicate balance: determining how to innovate while respecting and preserving the game’s traditions, integrity and competitive equity. New technology must integrate smoothly into the game and work with technologies that the league already uses, and the Pro Bowl is the perfect setting to determine whether the value it would provide aligns with the efforts needed to support it.

Learn more how the league balances technology with tradition.

In the 2015 game, the league plans several tests.

Instant Replay on Microsoft Surface Pro Tablets

This year the league introduced the use of Microsoft Surface Pro tablets on the sidelines. At the Pro Bowl, the referee will be able use a tablet to review any challenged play without having to leave the field — a procedure similar to that in college football.

When a challenge is initiated, the instant replay assistant will bring a wired tablet and a wired Bose headset to the referee on the field. The tablet will serve as a video monitor, and the referee will see the same replay video on it as he would under the hood.

The NFL’s vice president of officiating, Dean Blandino, will continue to evaluate the feasibility of this process until game time. If the league isn’t comfortable with this test, the current reliable replay process will be used.

Microsoft Surface Pro tablets offer coaches immediate and dynamic options for analyzing their opponents’ strategy and formations during a game. (AP Photo/Scott Boehm)

Microsoft Surface Pro tablets offer coaches immediate and dynamic options for analyzing their opponents’ strategy and formations during a game. (AP Photo/Scott Boehm)

Player Twitter Station

To generate social media buzz, players will be allowed to participate in conversations on Twitter from the sidelines.

A league public relations representative will have a Microsoft Surface Pro tablet behind each bench, near the Sideline Viewing System (SVS) tablets. During the game players can use it to tweet what they are experiencing, giving fans unprecedented access.

Sideline Viewing System Video

The league wants to know whether players and coaches are interested in accessing video during games through the SVS, rather than by viewing still images or prints.

To do this, two Microsoft Surface Pro tablets will be set up directly behind each bench. One will carry the feed of the high end-zone camera; the other will carry the feed of the high sideline camera. League personnel will play the video for players and coaches upon request.

The league will also test:

  • An IP-based intercom system (instead of the current analog system) for instant replay
  • Improved wireless connectivity that provides full coverage on the entire field
  • A sideline video extractor that will allow officials to tag plays during the game
  • New encryption equipment for the coach-to-coach communication system

The NFL may adopt any of these technological advances — or none of them. The league puts every technological advance through its paces. Any change to the game goes through an exhaustive testing process that includes more than the Pro Bowl.

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