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It's our responsibility to strengthen the sport.
Ensuring a consistent and fair game that is decided on the field, by the players.
Ensuring that players conduct themselves in a way that honors the sport and respects the game.
The NFL's schedule of infractions and fines, and a process for appeal.
Honoring the league’s commitment to serve the communities where the game is played.
Meet the people behind NFL Operations.
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Countdown to kickoff: how NFL games happen.
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It takes hundreds of computers and four NFL executives to create the NFL's 256-game masterpiece.
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Creating an NFL player: from “everyman” to “superman.”
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Discover the evolution of professional officiating, the weekly evaluation process and how the NFL identifies and develops the next generation of officials.
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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 an NFL game takes years of training and experience.
NFL Football Operations protects the integrity of the game by ensuring that the rules and the officiating are consistent and fair to all competitors.
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.
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NFL Football Operations kicked off its 2015 league year at NFL Officiating Clinics on May 15–17 and May 28–30 in Newark, New Jersey. Nine new officials joined the League’s returning veterans and learned from health and fitness experts how to improve their physical conditioning and on field performance while minimizing their risk of injury.
At the clinics, officials focused specifically on endurance, proper stretching techniques, movement skills, nutrition and recovery after games.
“We’re trying to improve their performance and their wellness and this is designed to make them better,” said NFL Vice President of Officiating, Dean Blandino.
The clinics featured a physical assessment that all officials must go through before being cleared to work in the upcoming season. They are tested on their flexibility, agility and functional movement — all skills necessary for properly officiating in the NFL.
“[NFL Officiating is] trying to help us as far as extending our careers and giving us ways to help recover, so I think it’s really beneficial,” said Terrence Miles, a Back Judge entering his eighth season as an NFL official.
The NFL’s officials are premier athletes who run, change direction and backpedal — all while making split-second decisions. It is important to make sure that their training and preparation match the athletic demands of the job. The league holds its officiating clinics in May to give the officials eight weeks to continue to develop their fitness level, endurance and overall officiating abilities before the 2015 NFL season begins.
Learn more about how the NFL develops its officials.