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.

Return To Play

2020 NFL-NFLPA CBA: Need to know

Key takeaways from the 2020 Collective Bargaining Agreement 

NFL Rules Enforcement

Ensuring that players conduct themselves in a way that honors the sport and respects the game.

NFL Way to Play

Knees Bent. Pads Down. Head Up and Out.

The NFL and HBCUs

The NFL is proud of the HBCU professional football legacy.

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. 

Game Day: Behind the Scenes

Countdown to kickoff: how NFL games happen.

Game Day Assistants

See the NFL personnel at every game, what they do and you can identify them. 


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 five NFL executives to create the NFL’s 256-game masterpiece.

Big Data Bowl

The annual analytics contest explores statistical innovations in football — how the game is played and coached.

Youth Football

Promoting the values of football.

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 and services NFL Player Engagement provides to assist every player before, during and after his football career.

NFL Legends Community

Strengthening the NFL brotherhood.

NFL Total Wellness

NFL Total Wellness assists players, Legends and their families before, during and after their playing experiences.

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 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.

NFL Video Rulebook

The NFL Video Rulebook explains NFL rules with video examples.

2020 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game.

2020 Rules Changes and Points of Emphasis

NFL Overtime Rules

Signals Intelligence

The NFL's familiar hand signals help fans better understand the game.   

NFL Tiebreaking Procedures

The NFL's procedures for breaking ties for postseason playoffs.

NFL Rules Digest

A quick reference guide to the NFL rulebook.

Football 101

Football 101

Terms Glossary

Sharpen your NFL football knowledge with this glossary of the game's fundamental terms. 

Formations 101

See where the players line up in pro football's most common offensive and defensive formations.

Quick Guide to NFL TV Graphics

Understand what the graphics on NFL television broadcasts mean and how they can help you get the most out of watching NFL games.

NFL Instant Replay Process

The NFL’s instant replay review process focuses on expediting instant replay reviews and ensuring consistency. Learn how it works.

Stats Central

Stats Central

Go inside the game with the NFL's official game stats. Sort the stats by season or by week.

The Extra Point

Welcome to the Extra Point, where members of the NFL's football data and analytics team will share updates on league-wide trends in football data, interesting visualizations that showcase innovative ways to use the league's data, and provide an inside look at how the NFL uses data-driven insight to improve and monitor player and team performance.

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.

Economic & Social Impact

Honoring the league’s commitment to serve the communities where the game is played.

The year was 1973. The Miami Dolphins defeated the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII, capping a perfect season — an accomplishment unmatched to this day.

Gallup surveys showed, for the first time, that football surpassed baseball as the country’s most popular sport — a status that continues today, with more than 37 percent of people saying that professional football is their favorite sport.

History was also in the making off the field that year. That’s when the league teamed up with United Way, pledging to build stronger, healthier communities. Today, it’s the longest-running partnership between a major sports league and a nonprofit organization.

The NFL’s four decades of work with United Way is just one example of its commitment to public service. Here are other ways the league gives back to the broader community and to those who play, watch, participate in or just love football.


The NFL Foundation, a nonprofit organization representing the 32 NFL teams, focuses on the issues most important to the game — youth football, protecting players, and community involvement. Since 1973, the foundation has contributed nearly $370 million to charities and youth football programs.

The NFL continues to make tremendous progress in its efforts to protect the players. Our collaborations on major research puts the NFL on a fast-track toward developing technologies that will benefit football players, the military and other members of our society

  • A four-year, $60 million collaboration with General Electric Co. and Under Armour Inc. to help launch the Head Health Initiative, which aims to improve concussion research, diagnosis, and treatment among athletes, members of the military and society.

The NFL Foundation, a nonprofit organization representing the 32 NFL teams, focuses on the issues most important to the game — youth football, protecting players, and community involvement. Since 1973, the foundation has contributed more than $430 million to charities and youth football programs.

  • A five-year, $45 million commitment to USA Football in 2014 for its Heads Up Football health and safety effort and youth and high school football programs.

  • More than $12.5 million to nonprofit science partners to support NFL PLAY 60, an ongoing national initiative to increase the wellness of young fans.  Since PLAY 60 was launched in 2007, the NFL has committed more than $300 million to youth health and fitness through programming, grants and media time for public service announcements.

  • Millions more in grants for youth sports, after-school and other programs, including support of NFL players’ philanthropic endeavors.


The NFL Foundation raises millions more for prominent causes by lending its support to the nation’s most respected organizations, such as the American Cancer Society in the battle against cancer and Mothers Against Drunk Driving to prevent and end alcohol-impaired driving and related deaths. NFL and its teams each year salute the nation’s active-duty service members and veterans by raising millions of dollars for organizations that support them.

The league’s players and 32 teams provide additional resources through their own charitable foundations. NFL players also give back through volunteerism: During the season, many players spend their days off volunteering at local schools, shelters and hospitals and helping out in their communities in other ways.


The NFL also takes care of its own. Money from player fines is donated through the NFL Foundation to the NFL Player Care Foundation and the NFL Players Association’s Player Assistance Trust, both of which assist former players. Since 2009, about $4 million a year has been used to help former players.

NFL Player Engagement initiatives provide future and former players with career training, health and wellness support, and other resources. Player Engagement programs stress education, community service and leadership development to student-athletes in football and other sports to help them succeed on and off the field. 

Through the NFL Legends Community former players can connect with peers and get resources to assist with transitioning into their next careers. 

The NFL helps current and former players in times of need. NFL Life Line gives players and their family members access to an independent crisis line for confidential assistance.

NFL Total Wellness mission is to build systems, create programs, provide resources and encourage culture change to enhance the overall wellbeing of the NFL community in the areas of physical, emotional, spiritual, social, and financial health.

These are just some of the ways the NFL is making a difference on and off the field. As steward of a sport watched and enjoyed by millions of people in America and around the world, the NFL has a special responsibility to further causes that contribute to the health and well-being of its fans and the community. The league looks forward to continuing this long tradition of public service for many years to come.