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.

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.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities Careers in Football Forum

The Forum is part of an NFL partnership with preeminent HBCU athletic conferences and is designed to increase opportunities for promising ethnic minorities who want to pursue careers in football administration.

The second annual NFL’s HBCU Careers in Football Forum in December 2017 is part of the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl in Atlanta. The event brings together undergraduate and graduate students from four HBCU conferences who are interested in sports management to explore careers in professional football administration and network with industry leaders.

“It is imperative for the future of football that there is a sustainable pipeline of qualified, well-educated candidates to fill the many positions that make our great game so successful,” said Troy Vincent, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations. “Our partnership with HBCUs is aimed at equipping and providing networking opportunities to those who have a passion to pursue a career in football.”

Students from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) participated in the first forum. The 2017 forum will expand to include students from the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) and Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA).

Each HBCU school may send up to two participants (undergraduate or graduate). Participants will be selected by their institutions through an application-based process.

Participants will attend lectures and panel discussions with NFL leadership and club executives, resume and skill-building workshops, and get a behind-the-scenes look at football operations at the Celebration Bowl.

The student-athletes competing in the Celebration Bowl will attend a panel discussion with NFL and club personnel who played college football. Panelists will discuss non-playing opportunities in pro football and how college football helped them achieve success off the field.

HBCU Students at the Pro Bowl

In addition to the opportunities for HBCU students at the NFL Careers in Football Forum in conjunction with the Celebration Bowl, students from Bethune-Cookman University will assist NFL Football Operations staff during Pro Bowl and during the game.

Students will assist with pre-game preparation, managing access at practice sites and directing players and coaches to and from Pro Bowl events, including fan and media availabilities. They will also work with athletic trainers and equipment managers with setting up the locker room and field before the game.

The HBCU Careers in Football forum is part of a the larger Careers in Football Forum, which educates men and women about career opportunities available to them in all areas of football.