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.

NFL Way to Play

Knees Bent. Pads Down. Head Up.

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. 

Gameday: Behind the Scenes

Countdown to kickoff: how NFL games happen.


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 and services NFL Player Engagement provides to assist 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.

College All Star Games

Strengthening football and the community.

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.

NFL Video Rulebook

The NFL Video Rulebook explains NFL rules with video examples.

2018 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game.

2018 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.   

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.

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.

NFL Careers in Football Forum

The NFL strives to cultivate a qualified and diverse workforce.

As part of its commitment to inclusion, the NFL established the Careers in Football Forum, which allows the league to connect qualified men and women of all backgrounds with careers in football — both on and off the field.

“The Forum is an exciting opportunity to help find footing and establish direction as the next generation of leaders in the world of football and sports,” said NFL Executive Vice President Troy Vincent.

The NFL Careers in Football Forum educates men and women about career opportunities available to them in all areas of football, and allows the league to assist them in becoming strong candidates for open jobs.

“We need leaders to continue to preserve and elevate our game to the highest levels possible,” Vincent said.

The Forum connects women, minorities and college students with hiring managers from the NFL and other sports organizations and encourages them to apply for the jobs they want. It establishes a consistent communication process and provides educational opportunities for aspiring candidates. Participants are given specific objectives to work toward and are connected to potential mentors who can assist them in achieving their personal and professional goals.

Success in these careers relies on many of the same qualities that lead to success on the football field — a strong work ethic, leadership skills, commitment and determination.

We believe in diversity. We believe that we’re better as an organization when we have good people at the table.

Commissioner Roger Goodell

The Forum emphasizes the NFL core values:

  • Integrity – We always look to make the right call
  • Resiliency – We set high standards and continuously strive for excellence
  • Respect – Everyone matters. Everyone contributes.
  • Responsibility to Team – As a team, we support one another. We depend on one another.

The NFL honors and celebrates the broad range of the backgrounds of those who work in our game and make it great and takes seriously its leadership role in society. The Careers in Football Forum is one part of the NFL’s effort to develop its future leaders.