Protecting the integrity of the greatest game.
It's our responsibility to strengthen the sport.
Ensuring a consistent and fair game that is decided on the field, by the players.
Ensuring that players conduct themselves in a way that honors the sport and respects the game.
Knees Bent. Pads Down. Head Up and Out.
The NFL is proud of the HBCU professional football legacy.
Honoring the league’s commitment to serve the communities where the game is played.
Meet the people behind NFL Operations.
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.
Countdown to kickoff: how NFL games happen.
See the NFL personnel at every game, what they do and you can identify them.
In the NFL, balancing technology with tradition.
How television has changed the game.
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It takes hundreds of computers and five NFL executives to create the NFL’s 256-game masterpiece.
The annual analytics contest explores statistical innovations in football — how the game is played and coached.
Promoting the values of football.
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.
Creating an NFL player: from “everyman” to “superman.”
Supporting the next generation of players and fans.
Preparing players of all ages for success at football’s highest level.
Introducing the next wave of NFL superstars.
A look at the programs and services NFL Player Engagement provides to assist every player before, during and after his football career.
Strengthening the NFL brotherhood.
NFL Total Wellness assists players, Legends and their families before, during and after their playing experiences.
Discover the evolution of professional officiating, the weekly evaluation process and how the NFL identifies and develops the next generation of officials.
“One thing hasn’t changed: the pressure. It will always be there.”
The latest information from the NFL's officiating center.
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 an NFL game takes years of training and experience.
NFL Football Operations protects the integrity of the game by ensuring that the rules and the officiating are consistent and fair to all competitors.
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.
The NFL Video Rulebook explains NFL rules with video examples.
Explore the official rules of the game.
The NFL's familiar hand signals help fans better understand the game.
The NFL's procedures for breaking ties for postseason playoffs.
A quick reference guide to the NFL rulebook.
Sharpen your NFL football knowledge with this glossary of the game's fundamental terms.
See where the players line up in pro football's most common offensive and defensive formations.
Understand what the graphics on NFL television broadcasts mean and how they can help you get the most out of watching NFL games.
The NFL’s instant replay review process focuses on expediting instant replay reviews and ensuring consistency. Learn how it works.
Go inside the game with the NFL's official game stats. Sort the stats by season or by week.
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.
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Get a snapshot of the current NFL game stats, updated weekly during the regular season.
The NFL, NFLPA, clubs and players have a shared responsibility to adhere to expert recommendations. The protocols will continually adapt to reflect the latest science around COVID-19.
Keeping players and personnel protected from the virus is the number one priority of the NFL and NFLPA.
With Chief Medical Officer Dr. Allen Sills and voices of medical experts from across the league, watch how the NFL developed and implemented the COVID-19 protocols in the NFL's COVID-19 Playbook.
During the 2020 season, the NFL and NFLPA are using a testing program to help identify, treat and isolate infected individuals to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Testing is just one component of the comprehensive effort to mitigate risk of COVID-19 during the 2020 season. Other efforts include the overhaul of club facilities to accommodate physical distancing, around-the-clock cleaning and disinfection, a modernized system of contact tracing, and behavior-based changes, like virtual meetings, mask-wearing and avoiding large gatherings.
Check out the NFL-NFLPA COVID-19 Testing & Treatment Protocols fact sheet.
Since the start of the 2020 season, the NFL has adjusted various facets of the game to ensure players, staff and officials are as safe as possible. As a result, the number of people present on gameday has significantly decreased.
To help limit access to restricted areas, club personnel were divided into three tiers based on their roles and responsibilities. This determines which areas of the facility they can access, as well as when and for what purpose.
Tier 1 and 2 access is limited with restricted areas secured at all times and credentials checked prior to allowing access to certain areas. To adhere to the protocols set in place by the NFL and NFLPA, club facilities look a little different with plexiglass partitions installed in locker rooms, socially-distanced meeting rooms, directional signage and more.
Club stadiums without fans due to COVID-19 protocols received specific, pre-recorded crowd noise that must be played at 70 decibels. The sound is monitored at each stadium by the NFL Football Operations team to make sure it stays at the required level.
This season, the NFL also assigned officiating crews based on geography to limit travel and allow individual officials to drive to as many games as possible. The decision was made to mitigate the risk for officials and reduce the number of flights needed.
For the first time in three years, referees will watch replays on the sidelines under the hood – instead of the hand-held Microsoft Surfaces they’ve used in the past. This change was implemented to limit the number of individuals on the field and overall amount of interactions. Officials also have the option of using red electronic whistles for the 2020 season – designed to fit in their hands and activated by a thumb button.
To comply with COVID-19 protocols, the NFL and NFLPA developed a set of health and safety protocols to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 for everyone in a team environment.
Players and personnel wear mandatory proximity recording devices when at the club facility, during practices, and during team travel. Players also have them built into their equipment for use on-field in practice and games.
The device collects data about individuals’ proximity to each other to perform quick and accurate contact tracing when an individual is symptomatic or tests positive for COVID-19.
The NFL, NFLPA, clubs, players, and officials have a shared responsibility to adhere to expert recommendations. The protocols will continually adapt to reflect the latest science around COVID-19.
This page will continue to be updated as more information becomes available. Check back here for updates and follow Football Operations on Twitter. To learn more, visit the NFL’s Player Health & Safety site.