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.

Return To Play

2020 NFL-NFLPA CBA: Need to know

Key takeaways from the 2020 Collective Bargaining Agreement 

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. 

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 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

Signals Intelligence

The NFL's familiar hand signals help fans better understand the game.   

NFL Tiebreaking Procedures

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

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.

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.

Club Facilities

Who Has Access to the Facilities?

Access to restricted areas will be limited to essential personnel. These areas include:

  • The practice and stadium playing fields and sidelines
  • Locker rooms
  • Athletic training rooms
  • Medical exam areas
  • Player meal and meeting rooms
  • Player lounge areas
  • Weight rooms

“Our teams have looked at all aspects of their operations through the lens of risk mitigation and have made significant changes all around which will enhance the safety of the environment for all players, coaches and staff.” — NFL chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills

To help limit access to restricted areas, club personnel will be divided into three tiers based on their roles and responsibilities, which will determine which areas of facility they can access, as well as when and for what purpose.

Only individuals assigned to Tiers 1 and 2 will be allowed in restricted areas. Everyone must display a Club- or League-issued credential around their neck displaying their “Tier.”

  • Tier 1: Players and essential football personnel whose job function requires direct access to players for more than 10 minutes at a time on a regular basis.
  • Tier 2: Other essential personnel who may need to be in close proximity to players and other Tier 1 individuals and who may need to access Restricted Areas periodically

The number of people from each club that may be assigned Tier 1 or 2 access at any given time will be limited. Restricted areas must be secured at all times and credentials must be checked prior to allowing access to such areas.

These protocols have already begun to be implemented as players and team staff return to team facilities ahead of the season.

NFL Network’s Steve Wyche got a look inside the LA Rams training facility as players return to training camp this month.

Changes to Facilities
  • The NFL and NFLPA have agreed to a comprehensive set of health and safety protocols that clubs are required to adhere to as players return to training camp. These steps are based on expert advice and will help reduce risk and protect the health and safety of players and staffs.
  • Changes in club facilities include:
    1. Clubs must establish physical distancing protocols to allow players and staff to maintain six feet between one another when inside the facility. Clubs must maintain physical distancing, if necessary, by rearranging or removing furniture and reconfiguring locker rooms to allow for six feet of space between each player.
    2. Strength and conditioning workouts must be limited to no more than 15 players or staff or scheduled to allow adequate distancing.
    3. All players and staff must wear approved masks at all times inside the facility, unless a mask cannot be worn if it interferes with specific athletic activities.
    4. Strength and conditioning coaches must wear masks while supervising workouts.
    5. Meetings must be conducted virtually when possible. If not possible, efforts must be made to hold meetings outdoors while maintaining proper distance and wearing masks.
    6. Clubs must have at least a two-week supply of all personal protective equipment (PPE) and hygiene materials on hand at all times.

Club Facility Images

Detroit Lions place plexiglass partitions throughout their locker room. (via @Lions/TW)
Lockers are empty on both sides of each Bears player. (via chicagobears.com)
Signage displaying restricted access is placed throughout the facility. (via clevelandbrowns.com)
Directional signage is placed throughout the facility. (via giants.com)
Seats in the Texans meeting rooms are spaced to adhere to protocols. (via houstontexans.com)
Touchless technology is implemented where possible. (via houstontexans.com)
Vikings players can sit in chairs marked with the “X” in their meeting room. (via Peter King/NBC Sports)
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