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.

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) and Indianapolis Colts cornerback Vontae Davis (21) compete for a ball at the 2016 NFL Pro Bowl. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) and Indianapolis Colts cornerback Vontae Davis (21) compete for a ball at the 2016 NFL Pro Bowl. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

The NFL will celebrate its brightest stars during the new Pro Bowl Week festivities in 2017 in Orlando. The announcement was made at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort, which will serve as the home of the AFC-NFC team practices and will host unprecedented new youth-focused football activities.

Pro Bowl Week will celebrate all levels of football — from youth to high school to the NFL’s best and will culminate with the 2017 Pro Bowl game at Camping World Stadium in Orlando on Sunday, January 29. The game will be televised live at 8 PM ET on ESPN and ESPN Deportes.

“We are excited to re-imagine the Pro Bowl experience for both fans and players and to celebrate the game of football at all levels,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “Collaborating with Disney and ESPN brings us closer to the best in youth- and family-focused entertainment. We look forward to working with the city of Orlando and Florida Citrus Sports to create a week-long celebration for football and our fans.”

The 2017 Pro Bowl also features a return to the traditional AFC vs. NFC game format following three years using a revised, "unconferenced" format. The game will feature the NFL’s best — 44 from each conference — determined by a consensus vote of fans, players and coaches.

Among the highlights of Pro Bowl Week:

  • Pro Bowl AFC and NFC practices will be held alongside youth football competitions, activities and fan events at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort, which annually hosts more than 100 youth sports events, such as the Pop Warner Super Bowl.
  • The 2017 Pro Bowl players will be able to invite their former youth or high school coach to be a part of the celebrations during the week. Players on the winning Pro Bowl teams will receive a grant from the NFL Foundation to support their youth or high school football program.
  • The annual USA Football National Conference — the largest annual gathering of high school and youth football stakeholders in the United States — will take place during the week before the Pro Bowl. More than 650 high school athletic directors and youth football commissioners will meet to examine the standards in football, including coaching education, player safety, research, injury prevention and trends for the football community.
  • The Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award winner will be announced on ESPN during the Pro Bowl as part of a yearlong recognition of high school coaches. The award honors high school football coaches who display the integrity, achievement, and leadership exemplified by Pro Football Hall of Famer Don Shula, the winningest coach in NFL history.
  • In partnership with Disney, Pro Bowl festivities for youth and their families will take place throughout the week, including a Pro Bowl-themed 5k run, a parade of Pro Bowl players in the Magic Kingdom, and Pro Bowl-themed elements throughout Disney Springs, Disney’s newest entertainment and dining destination.

In addition, the Miami Dolphins host the Atlanta Falcons in Week 3 of the preseason in Camping World Stadium on Thursday, August 25 at 8 PM ET, part of the celebration of Play Football Month. Youth football teams from across Florida will be honored as part of the game day activities.

Tickets will be available to the public in November. Fans may register on ProBowl.com for exclusive presale opportunities and additional information on Pro Bowl Week fan events in Orlando.

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