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.
Key takeaways from the 2020 Collective Bargaining Agreement
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.
Upon further review…
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.
Chart and compare the NFL Football Operations stats you're looking for with the NFL's data tool.
Get a snapshot of the current NFL game stats, updated weekly during the regular season.
NFL Next Gen Stats — developed in partnership with Zebra Technologies, Wilson Sporting Goods and running entirely on Amazon Web Services (AWS) infrastructure — provide clubs with data to analyze trends and player performance, while enhancing the fans’ experience in-stadium, online and during game telecasts.
A tracking system is installed in every NFL venue which is composed of:
Altogether, an estimated 250 devices are in a venue for any given game. A team of three operators is required at every game to confirm that all tracking systems are functioning properly.
The NFL worked closely with team equipment managers to determine the best size and location of the tags in the shoulder pads. Game balls must adhere to the NFL’s specifications. Wilson, the Competition Committee and NFL quarterbacks tested different tracking devices to ensure that the chips would not impact the flight of the ball.
The tracking system captures player data such as location, speed, distance traveled and acceleration at a rate of 10 times per second, and charts individual movements within inches. The raw data is used to automate player participation reports, calculate performance metrics, and derive advanced statistics through machine learning (ML) on AWS. More than 200 new data points are created on every play of every game.
Examples of each are included below:
Expected Rushing Yards
Time on Field
Visit the Next Gen Stats glossary for a full overview of our stats collection.
This information has a wide range of applications across the NFL and can be used to make data-driven decisions across football.
The 32 clubs can look for ways to use data to assist in game planning. Football Operations can identify ways to improve the game. Player Health & Safety can use the data to improve the safety of the players. NFL media and its broadcast partners can find new storytelling opportunities beyond the box score.