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. 


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.

NFL Officiating Development Program

Training and mentoring non-NFL officials to officiate football at the highest level.

The NFL Officiating Development Program (ODP) provides an opportunity for college-level officials not yet working in the NFL to be exposed to some of the same experiences as NFL officials. Drawn from the nearly 4,000 candidates in the league’s scouting database, these officials are evaluated by the league to answer one question: Do they have the potential to succeed in the NFL?

Before joining the program, officials must receive medical clearance, pass a background check, take a psychological assessment and complete an in-person interview with a panel of NFL Officiating Department staff.

Once accepted into the program, they study position-specific film with veteran NFL officials and current officiating coaches and trainers, as well as, review NFL mechanics and analyze the differences in rules between NFL and NCAA. ODP officials gain NFL experiences by:

  • Attending the NFL’s annual preseason officiating clinic to begin learning the differences between college and professional officiating.
  • Participating in NFL mini-camps and training camps.
  • Officiating in an NFL preseason game.
  • Working an NCAA post-season all-star game (Reese’s Senior Bowl, East-West Shrine Game or NFLPA Game)

At the end of the season, the officials in the ODP will be assessed as follows:

  • Ready for the highest level: This official will be moving up to an NFL officiating crew when an opening exists.
  • Great work, but room to improve: The league likes what it sees in the official, but determines that he or she is not ready for the NFL just yet, but will remain in the program.
  • Not the right fit: The league does not see this official working in the NFL, and he or she continues his or her collegiate career.

2020 ODP Participants

Some ODP officials have several successful years of experience as college referees (crew chiefs). In most cases, when these officials enter the league, they will work at a position other than referee to gain experience.

The NFL and CFL partner together on the Officiating Exchange Program, giving CFL officials the chance to gain NFL experience through select preseason opportunities to help their continued development.

Last Name First Name Position Conference
Anderson Derek LOS BIG 12
Ballester Baron LOS AAC
Banks Bryan DF BIG TEN
Barrett Cravonne LOS PAC 12
Boger Trawick DF SEC
Booker II George DF SEC
Carter James R/DF SEC
Causey Max LOS/DF PAC 12
Chaka Maia LOS PAC 12
Clougherty Conor DF ACC
Cruse Brandon R/U BIG 12
Daniel Raymond DF BIG TEN
DeLeon Gabriel DF BIG 12
DeLorenzo Robin LOS BIG TEN
Dornan Matt LOS PAC 12
Feaster Ed  U BIG TEN
Fucik Glen DF SEC
Gautreaux Daniel DF SEC
Givens Quentin LOS BIG 12
Griffith Michael DF AAC
Hankins Martin DF SEC
Heydt Duane R/U ACC
Hill Walter U SEC
Hooper Jacques DF ACC
Johnston Joe DF PAC 12
Keller Dale LOS PAC 12
Kemp Jacob DF BIG TEN
Larrew Justin DF SEC
Ledet Jason DF BIG 12
Loeffler Matthew  R/U SEC
Lorance Jeremy (Chad) LOS SEC
Maconaghy Jeff R/U ACC
Morton Mike U ACC
Nelson Justin DF PAC 12
Nelson Lashell DF BIG TEN
Perry Brian LOS ACC
Ramsey III Alonzo DF ACC
Ray Stephen LOS AAC
Richeson Robert U BIG 12
Sakowski Brian LOS ACC
Salaam Tutashinda DF BIG 12
Savoie Gerald R/U AAC
Steratore Frank DF BIG TEN
Thielen Steve DF BIG TEN
Thomas William U AAC
Van Pham Lo DF BIG 12
Villar Francisco U PAC 12
Woods Marcus R/U ACC