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.

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.

Three games, a new stadium and at least three teams that have not previously played a regular-season game in London will be featured at the UK International Series in 2016.

The Jacksonville Jaguars will host the Indianapolis Colts in an AFC South division matchup at Wembley Stadium during Week 4. The first-ever NFL game at Twickenham Stadium will take place in Week 7 — when the Los Angeles Rams host the team that finishes in the same spot in the standings in the NFC East as the Rams do in the NFC West, based on the NFL’s scheduling formula. The series wraps up in Week 8, when Cincinnati hosts Washington at Wembley Stadium.

According to the scheduling formula, any of the four NFC East teams could be the Rams’ opponent in the Week 7 game. That could mean return visits for the Dallas Cowboys or New York Giants, or a first-ever UK trip for the Philadelphia Eagles. If Washington is the opponent, it would be the first team to play consecutive games in London.

“The passion our UK fans have shown for the NFL is overwhelming,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said. “We are very appreciative of the strong and growing fan support — not only for the games, but for all of the related NFL events we host in the UK throughout the year. We look forward to welcoming new fans to their first NFL game in 2016 and welcoming back thousands of others that are helping our sport grow to new levels of popularity in London and beyond.”

Game times, and a possible additional International Series game outside the UK, will be announced at a later date. Jacksonville will return to London for a fourth consecutive year. The Jaguars initially committed to playing one home game each season at Wembley Stadium from 2013 through 2016. In October, they extended that commitment through 2020.

The Colts, Bengals and Washington are making their first regular-season appearances in the UK.

By the end of the 2016 season, either 23 or 24 teams will have played in London since the International Series began in 2007. Since then, the NFL has seen growth in the UK; the audience for the NFL’s Sunday games has more than doubled, and the Super Bowl audience has increased by more than 75 percent.

In addition, according to internal research, the NFL has a UK fan base of more than 13 million.

Participation in amateur football in the UK has risen by about 15 percent each year since 2007, with the latest figures showing that 40,000 people age 16 or older play regularly.

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