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/NFLPA's schedule of infractions and fines, and a process for appeal.

NFL Careers in Football Forum

The NFL strives to cultivate a qualified and diverse workforce.

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 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.   

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.

The NFL and Historically Black Colleges and Universities

The National Football League (NFL) is proud of its long history with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Players from HBCU’s in the NFL have had a tremendous impact on the game, and they continue to exemplify a standard of excellence and character.

In fact, there is an elite brotherhood of NFL Legends who have attended HBCU’s that are also NFL Hall of Famers. The NFL is proud of the tremendous legacy fostered by HBCU’s, and we look forward to continuing to build upon our strong partnership. 

Strength of HBCU’s, Impacting Pro Football Since 1948 

In May 2016, the NFL launched Strength of HBCU’s, Impacting Pro Football Since 1948 in partnership with two preeminent HBCU athletic conferences, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). This initiative celebrates and honors the history and impact HBCU’s and their players have had on the game, and works to increase career opportunities for students and athletic administrators from these institutions. 

In addition to the NFL providing much-needed support to HBCU academic and athletic endeavors, MEAC and SWAC personnel will benefit from programs that include internships at the club and league level, integration of HBCU football operations staff — including athletic trainers, video directors and equipment managers — into existing NFL platforms such as the Pro Bowl, and networking and mentorship opportunities. 

Additionally, earlier this year, the Pro Football Hall of Fame (PFHOF) and the Black College Football Hall of Fame (BCFHOF) announced a partnership that will result in a permanent home for the BCFHOF as part of the new Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village on the PFHOF’s campus in Canton, Ohio, adding to the history and association of HBCU’s and their players influence on the game. 

Download the PDF.

Download the PDF.


The NFL, MEAC, and SWAC joined the Air Force Celebration Bowl in Atlanta, GA, in December 2016 to kick off Strength of HBCU’s, Impacting Pro Football Since 1948. The inaugural NFL Careers in Football Forum introduced 80 students and entry-level athletic department administrators from the 23 MEAC and SWAC institutions to career opportunities in professional football. The event featured panel discussions with NFL and club executives, resume- and skill-building workshops, and a behind-the-scenes look into football operations on game day. 


Continuing the celebration of the legacy and impact of HBCU’s and their players, the NFL recognized the 29 Pro Football Hall of Fame players who attended HBCU’s during Super Bowl LI in Houston, Texas. NFL Legends and former Grambling State players, Doug Williams and the late Paul “Tank” Younger, were also honored in Houston for their achievements and impact on the game. In addition to the on-field tribute during the pregame show on Fox, the NFL honored this elite group the week leading up to Super Bowl LI at several events in Houston including NFL Honors. 

The NFL is committed to continuing this historic partnership and celebration of HBCU’s and their players.