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.


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.

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. 6.2.5

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.

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.

Youth Football

Promoting the values of football.

Camps, activities, flag and tackle leagues show the NFL’s commitment to helping young athletes and their families learn the values that are unique to football.

The NFL’s Play Football initiatives provide a fun and engaging experience for players of all ages and skill levels, equipping young people with vital, transferable life skills that are building blocks to success in life on and off the field.

“Playing football helps kids develop their leadership, self-discipline and teamwork skills — all while having fun,” said Troy Vincent, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations. “We support initiatives across the country that provide young players and their families with an inspiring, fun environment.”

In partnership with youth camps, summer season programs, team-level initiatives and NFL Legends, the league emphasizes proper technique, teamwork and sportsmanship that support and benefit every player.

Use #PlayFootball to join the conversation.

NFL Legends remain active and have great impact on their communities after they transition from the game. Their passion for service doesn’t end when they step off the field — for many, their love of football is a gift they continue to share with future players.

Whether they work as volunteers or serve in official roles with the league or their team, NFL Legends help connect people to camps and other resources and build programs that get more young people involved in football.


The NFL created the Legends Youth Advisory Committee to support the development of youth and high school football initiatives. As members of the NFL Legends Community, these Legends share their experiences and insights to help grow the game.

Meet the NFL Legends Youth Committee

Meet the NFL Legends Youth Committee

“These NFL Legends are dedicated to the love of the game, the values it transfers to life, and to serving communities by sharing their experience and knowledge with parents, coaches and players,” said Troy Vincent, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations.

Current members of the advisory committee:

  • Mark Brunell
  • Nate Burleson
  • Trent Dilfer
  • Maurice Jones-Drew
  • Willie McGinest
  • Jordan Palmer
  • Chad Pennington
  • Michael Robinson
  • Deion Sanders
  • Bobby Taylor

NFL Foundation Youth Football Camp Grants for Legends

The NFL Foundation's Youth Football Camp Grant Program recognizes NFL players, Legends and coaches who give back to their communities and provide positive examples for participants by emphasizing sportsmanship and community involvement.

In 2017, more than 350 camps were held across the country, giving more than 80,000 kids the chance to play and be active in a healthy and fun environment. The NFL Foundation has awarded more than $7 million in grants since 1998.


All NFL clubs have dedicated staff who create community-based programs for youth and high school athletes. Through these programs, players and coaches learn and understand the shared values and unique experiences that they gain from football.

Increasing accessibility and removing barriers to playing football is an important part of the NFL’s mission. NFL clubs connect future generations of players by inviting high school teams to their facilities, hosting programs for local kids and sponsoring games within the community.

Many clubs use the resources offered by USA Football, the NFL Foundation and local organizations to educate and empower players, parents and local youth and high school coaches.