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.

2016 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game.

NFL Video Rulebook

NFL SVP of Officiating Dean Blandino 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.

For the first time, the NFL will bring free and interactive fan experiences to the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

The NFL Combine Experience will take place at the Indiana Convention Center March 2-5, 2017 and will bring fans up close to the action. Fans will have the chance to watch the bench press; watch press conferences and interviews with Combine prospects in the Media Center; and enjoy a free festival with interactive games, youth football clinics, autograph sessions with NFL Legends, virtual reality sessions, and more.

“We are excited to deliver to our fans new opportunities to be a part of the Scouting Combine, one of our most-anticipated annual events,” said NFL Senior Vice President of Events Peter O’Reilly. “With the new NFL Combine Experience, we have re-imagined the event to provide more access for our fans and to create unique ways for them to join the excitement as well as see the next generation of NFL players in Indianapolis.”

Fans may now register for the free NFL Combine Experience at NFL.com/CombineFMP. Tickets are required for entry and correspond to a particular day and time.

NFL Combine Experience hours:

  • Thursday, March 2: Noon to 8 p.m. ET
  • Friday, March 3: Noon to 8 p.m. ET
  • Saturday, March 4: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET
  • Sunday, March 5: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET

A select group of fans will watch the 2017 NFL Combine live from inside Lucas Oil Stadium on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (March 3-5). Fans may register via Fan Mobile Pass. Fans also are encouraged to check-in at events with Fan Mobile Pass for the chance to win autographed memorabilia, NFL game tickets and more.

2017 NFL Scouting Combine

Held in Indianapolis since 1987, the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine will take place from Feb. 28-March 6. The Combine will be televised by NFL Network and streamed on the NFL Mobile from Verizon app (NFL.com/mobile), the NFL app on XBOX, including interactive features from Microsoft, and through Watch NFL Network on tablets, PCs and various connected TV devices (NFL.com/watch), with participating television providers.

Audio programming will also be carried by SiriusXM NFL Radio and TuneIn app. For the full schedule and all the ways to watch the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine, go to NFL.com/WatchCombine.

For the most up-to-date information, fans also can visit NFL.com/Combine and follow @NFL on Twitter. Fans are encouraged to share their experiences in Indianapolis using #NFLCombineExperience.  

NFL Combine Experience

Tickets are required and may be obtained for free at NFL.com/CombineFMP. A full list of NFL Combine Experience attractions, events and prohibited items is available at NFL.com/Combine.

  • Bench Press – From 2-5 p.m. ET daily, fans can cheer on prospects as they compete on the bench press.
  • Combine Media Center – Fans can get a behind-the-scenes look at press conferences and media interviews with Combine prospects.
  • Combine Corner – From racing against NFL players to running pass routes, fans can test their football and athletic skills. Attractions include the 40-yard dash, 3-cone drill, broad jump and vertical jump.
  • Obstacle Course – Race through agility drills, test your high jump abilities and weave through mini-tackling dummies just like the prospects.
  • Play Football Field – Watch and learn football skills and drills from USA Football coaches and NFL Legends at youth football clinics and demonstrations.
  • The GauntletRun a straight route towards the end zone catching balls from JUGS machines on your left and right, and dive into the end zone for a touchdown.
  • Vince Lombardi Trophy – Fans may take their photo with the most prestigious trophy in sports.
  • College Corner – View College Football Hall of Fame memorabilia and have photo opportunities with life-size player mannequins.
  • NFL Virtual Reality – Experience NFL games using virtual reality technology. 
  • NFL Draft Set – Visit the official NFL Draft set and take your spot behind the podium with your favorite team’s #1 jersey.
  • NFL Combine Experience Autograph Stage – Get free autographs from NFL Legends. Check NFL.com/Combine for a full schedule in the coming weeks.
  • NFL Shop at Combine – Shop from the largest assortment of NFL Scouting Combine merchandise and the latest gear from all 32 NFL teams.
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