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 COVID-19 Protocols

Social Justice

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. 

Impact of Television

How television has changed the game.


In the NFL, balancing technology with tradition.

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

NFL Tiebreaking Procedures

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

NFL Rules Digest

A quick reference guide to the NFL rulebook.

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.

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.

NFL Ops: Honoring the Game

It's our responsibility to strengthen the sport.

At NFL Football Operations, our mission is to ensure that football remains the greatest game.

NFL Football Operations strives to create a culture of clarity, consistency and credibility to proactively meet the demands of the game.

Football operations serves a pivotal role in the evolution of the game. It’s our responsibility to balance the people that make the game great — the players, coaches, teams and officials — with the game’s rules, player protection, and technology. We strive to foster a culture of clarity, consistency, and credibility, to position the sport for long-term success.

We’re charged with meeting the challenges of the game, including player health and protection, which is our primary concern. The game is at its best when the best players in the world are on the field. Finding the right balance of rules and teaching proper football techniques works, and it shows that we can make the game progressively better.

Impact that extends beyond the football field

Long after the lights are out, long after the crowds are silent, long after the taste of victory is just a memory, the passion and pride remain.

The NFL takes seriously its responsibility to help create young men and women of character through the lessons learned from football. No matter how you’re involved with the game — or at what level — football builds character, develops leadership, instills tenacity & shows the results of hard work and perseverance. Football teaches teamwork and shows the power of being part of something bigger than yourself

“Community, love, care, compassion, competitiveness, teamwork, intensity — all of these words come to mind when I think of the values of football. I learned how to be a better man because of football”

 Troy Vincent, Executive Vice President of NFL Football Operations

The NFL proudly honors its commitment to public service. The league gives back to those who play, watch, participate in or just love — football.

Our impact is about more than just game days, it’s about being an active member in our community — and in all communities. 

Managing the greatest game

Our responsibilities extend to ensuring the rules and the officiating are consistent and fair to all competitors. That means creating rules and guidelines that apply to everyone involved in the game.

It is important for the health and benefit of the game to preserve and honor the league for all those involved: players, coaches, clubs and fans.

In Football Operations, we pay meticulous attention to every detail involved in running the league, not just on game day but every day.

We craft and modify the rules to benefit the game and maintain competitive equity. We hire, evaluate and train the best officials around. We assess and implement technology— embracing change while respecting tradition.

Above all, through the use of rules, technique and technology, we make the game progressively better.

Upholding the greatest game

The league’s world-class athletes, coaches and staff overwhelmingly conduct themselves in a way that honors the sport and respects the game, their fellow players, the fans and the league.

Occasionally, one’s actions may fail to live up to the league’s expectations. It is up to the league, the players and the NFL Players Association to make sure the rules are enforced in a way that honors the game. Football Operations makes sure that players, teams and coaches exhibit exemplary behavior on and off the field.

In doing so, the NFL fulfills its responsibilities to players, officials and business partners, as well as to the game’s young fans and their parents. It ensures that the tradition, character and reputation are passed on and we preserve the game.