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.

NFL Replay Officials

The NFL's replay officials perform a critical role in ensuring that all reviews during games are handled consistently, efficiently and correctly.

Replay officials collaborate with Senior Vice President of Officiating, Alberto Riveron, and Vice President of Instant Replay, Russell Yurk, in Art McNally Gameday Central (AMGC) in New York and the game’s referee to ensure a timely and accurate review. They oversee a team that includes a video operator, replay technicians, replay field communicators and a replay assistant.

Replay officials have specific responsibilities on every play and throughout the game.

They must analyze the game situation before every play, verify the clock status at the beginning and end of every play, and confirm that each team has the correct number of players on the field at the snap.

Replay officials also assist on-field officials as needed with game administration responsibilities, including rules and penalty application, and assisting the crew with the clock.

Throughout the game, replay officials monitor all aspects of the play in case there is a challenge that leads to a review. This includes being ready to select from the best available broadcast angles for a potential consultation with AMGC and the referee.

Replay officials are solely responsible for confirming all plays that result in a score or turnover and all try attempts. They also are responsible for stopping the game to initiate a review on any play that starts after the two-minute warning in each half and throughout overtime.

MASTERY OF THEIR TRADE

Replay officials, like their on-field counterparts, must be thoroughly prepared and maintain mastery of the NFL Rulebook.

Each week during the season, replay officials participate in review sessions with their assigned crews, where they go over all replay and administrative decisions from the previous week’s games. They are tested weekly on the rules and prepare by continuously studying the rules and casebook plays and officiating and replay training tapes. They are also responsible for preparing and presenting a pertinent replay topic for discussion during their crew’s pregame meeting each week.

Preparation continues into the offseason, as the league hosts an annual replay mini-clinic to prepare for the upcoming season. Replay officials also attend the NFL Officiating Clinic in July, where they participate in rules and mechanics study sessions and again are tested on their knowledge of the rules.

MAINTAINING THE PIPELINE

To maintain a pipeline of talent, the Officiating department scouts and prepares replay officials at other levels of the game. The department also identifies candidates in a variety of ways.

Replay officials usually are hired first as replay assistants and are then considered for promotion based on their performance and mastery of that role. Several Replay Officials are former on-field officials who have transitioned off the field.

Replay Assistants often come from the college ranks and are recommended by replay supervisors on the strength of their work at that level. Some come from other roles within the NFL, including NFL GameDay Assistants such as replay video operators, replay field communicators or clock operators.

Replay Official

College

Experience

Roddy Ames

Colby College

 2nd year

Kevin Brown

Purdue

 1st year

Mark Butterworth

Walsh

 4th year

Tyler Cerimeli

Arizona State

 1st year

Mike Chase

Arizona State

 4th year

Saleem Choudhry

Baldwin-Wallace

 2nd year

Andrew Lambert

Central Virginia Community College

 1st year

Brian Matoren

Florida

 3rd year

John McGrath

Kentucky

 4th year

Jamie Nicholson

Ferris State

 1st year

Jimmy Oldham

Arkansas State

 4th year

Billy Smith

East Carolina

 7th year

Ross Smith

LSU

 1st year

Kevin Stine

UAB

 1st year

Matthew Sumstine

University of Phoenix

 2nd year

Terri Valenti

Florida

 4th year

Mike Wimmer

NYU

 8th year

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