Officiating

Discover the evolution of professional officiating, the weekly evaluation process and how the NFL identifies and develops the next generation of officials.

The Highlight

2020 NFL Officiating Roster

The complete 2020 roster of NFL officials.

History of the Official

As football has grown and evolved, so too have the league's officials.

Upon Further Review

An illustrated guide to the NFL’s instant replay review process.

History of the Officials

Officiating has changed since the NFL’s infancy, but officials’ primary objectives — consistency and excellence — remain the same. Read about the “custodians of the game” and the visionaries behind major advancements in the art (and science) of officiating.

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Inside NFL GameDay Central

Go behind the scenes at Art McNally GameDay Central — the league's officiating command center.

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These Officials are Really Good

The NFL’s 124 officials aren’t always perfect, but the league’s rigorous evaluation process shows that they are very close. Fans may not always agree with every call, but one thing is certain: These officials are good. 

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Officiating Development

NFL officials are the best of the best — only 124 officials currently have the privilege of calling football games at the highest level. No one officiates forever, so the NFL’s Officiating Department continuously develops a robust talent pipeline to ensure that the next generation of officials is ready to step up when needed.

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