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 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.

Technology

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 five NFL executives to create the NFL’s 256-game masterpiece.

Big Data Bowl

The inaugural 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.

College All Star Games

Strengthening football and the community.

NFL Legends Community

Strengthening the NFL brotherhood.

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.

2019 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game.

2019 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.   

NFL Rules Digest

A quick reference guide to the NFL rulebook.

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.

NFL100

Celebrating 100 years of NFL football.

The NFL’s 100th season celebrates the league’s history and looks forward to the next 100 years.

The year-long celebration salutes millions of fans who love the game, highlights football’s impact in communities and brings together past, present and future players.

“For nearly 100 years, the NFL has been part of the fabric of America, unifying communities and bringing fans together to support their favorite teams and players,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Here’s a look at NFL100 celebrations throughout the year.

NFL100 Game of the Week

Each week during the regular season will feature an NFL100 Game of the Week. Each game will be a nod to a momentous game played, an old rivalry, a matchup of original teams and/or a historic game, including:

  • Green Bay at Chicago, Sept. 5 (NBC) – 199th meeting between the NFC North rivals (including regular-season and post-season games)
  • Cleveland at New York Jets, Sept. 16 (ESPN) – rematch of the inaugural 1970 Monday Night Football game
  • Miami at Dallas, Sept. 22 (FOX) – rematch of Super Bowl VI, which marked the Cowboys’ first Super Bowl win
  • Los Angeles Chargers at Miami, Sept. 29 (CBS) – rematch of their epic 1981 Divisional playoff game, where Dan Fouts led his team to a 41-38 overtime win at Miami

ORIGINAL TOWNS

Nearly 100 years after the NFL was born in Canton, Ohio, the league will honor the 13 Original Towns, which were home to the 14 teams of the league’s inaugural season.

City

Team

Akron, Ohio

Akron Pros

Buffalo, New York

Buffalo All-Americans

Canton, Ohio

Canton Bulldogs

Chicago, Illinois

Racine Cardinals & Chicago Tigers

Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland Tigers

Columbus, Ohio

Columbus Panhandles

Dayton, Ohio

Dayton Triangles

Decatur, Illinois

Decatur Staleys

Detroit, Michigan

Detroit Heralds

Hammond, Indiana

Hammond Pros

Muncie, Indiana

Muncie Flyers

Rochester, New York

Rochester Jeffersons

Rock Island, Illinois

Rock Island Independents

The NFL Foundation, in partnership with FieldTurf and Vasco, will install a new artificial turf field in Dayton, Ohio, to commemorate the NFL’s first-ever game between the Dayton Triangles and the Columbus Panhandles, played at Triangle Park on Oct. 3, 1920. The Foundation will also donate to each of the 13 Original Towns to support local youth football programs, advocate for player safety and promote football's values.

“There’s no better way to bring the league’s hundred years of history full circle than to partner with these communities and recognize their important place in history as part of the NFL's centennial celebration.”
– NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

Huddle for 100

The NFL invites fans, players, teams and employees to join Huddle for 100, an effort to inspire one million people to each volunteer 100 minutes of their time to make meaningful contributions to their communities.

Huddle for 100 includes four types of “huddles”:

Use #NFLHuddleFor100 to share your volunteer efforts on social media.

Use #NFLHuddleFor100 to share your volunteer efforts on social media.

  • National Huddles: The NFL will host a series of national huddles during major milestones such as the NFL Draft and the Super Bowl, each focused on giving back to that community in an impactful way.
  • Club Huddles: All 32 teams will compete to see which club can log the most volunteer hours. Each team will host a huddle during the year where fans can boost their favorite team’s ranking by logging their own volunteer minutes using their team’s hashtag (e.g., #TitansHuddleFor100). The NFL Foundation will provide each team with a $5,000 grant to support their huddle, and the team with the most volunteer minutes will win a grand prize at the end of the season.
  • DoSomething Huddles: The NFL has teamed up with DoSomething.org,the largest not-for-profit exclusively for young people and social change in the US, to provide fans around the world with volunteer opportunities to support a wide range of causes.
  • Personal Huddles: Fans can sign up for individual volunteering opportunities at nfl.com/huddlefor100 and share their efforts on social media using #NFLHuddleFor100.
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