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.

East-West Shrine Bowl

Developing the next generation of head coaches.

College all-star games not only allow NFL teams to assess whether players are ready for the NFL, they allow coaches to showcase their talent as well.

The NFL’s partnership with the East-West Shrine Bowl helps develop the next generation of head coaches. NFL teams select deserving assistant coaches who get the opportunity to show off their skills in the week before and during the game.

The NFL provides the coaching staff and game officials for the annual East-West Shrine Bowl, the nation’s first college all-star football game. The 2020 game, Jan. 18 at Tropicana Field, will air on NFL Network.

“The East-West Shrine Bowl is not only a showcase for tremendous athletes who have a dream of playing at the next level, it is also a venue for upwardly mobile coaches in the NFL,” said NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent. “This is an opportunity to further develop, evaluate and showcase our assistant coaches who may be our next generation of head coaches.”

2020 East-West Shrine Bowl

At the end of the NFL regular season, teams nominate assistant coaches who are: 

  • Excellent teachers and communicators
  • Recognized for their integrity and commitment
  • Accomplished at developing and preparing players

A panel of NFL Football Operations staff, East-West Shrine Bowl leadership and two members of the NFL’s General Managers Advisory Committee reviews and selects the game’s head coaches, who fill their 12-person staffs from among the remaining nominated assistant coaches. 

“The relationship between the East-West Shrine Bowl and the NFL is key to the growth of our game, not only for the hundreds of student-athletes who move on to professional careers, but also to highlight the professional development for coaches, referees, and player personnel staff as they rise through the NFL ranks,” said Bob Roller, executive director of the East-West Shrine Bowl.

On average, more than 300 East-West Shrine Bowl alumni are on NFL rosters each year.

Some of football’s greatest players and coaches, such as Tom Brady, Brett Favre and John Elway, have participated in the East-West Shrine Bowl. Created by the Shriners in 1925, the event supports Shriners Hospitals for Children in its mission to help children in need of advanced medical care. Each year, participating players visit the local Shriners Hospital to meet with children and staff. In 2019, Alec, a Shriners Hospital patient, joined NFL Network's Mike Mayock and Andrew Sicilian in the broadcast booth during the game.

Pro Football Hall of Famer Will Shields and NFL Legends Willie McGinest, Bobby Taylor and Amani Toomer will serve as mentors to the 2020 East-West Shrine Bowl players throughout the week.

2020 East-West Shrine Bowl 

Identifying and developing the next-generation of diverse leaders in football

As part of the NFL’s ongoing commitment to identifying and developing the next-generation of diverse leaders in football, we are excited to have Vikaya Powell (North Carolina A&T), Leigha Presley (Towson University) and Whitley Williams (Furman University) join us for the 2020 EWSB in the areas of Video, Equipment and Athletic Training.

The EWSB will provide a great platform and opportunity to continue their growth along with networking opportunities to help further their careers.

Over the past two years, 19 women have earned 26 employment opportunities with nine NFL clubs (Atlanta, Baltimore, Buffalo, Carolina, Minnesota, New York Jets, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Tampa Bay) and six colleges/universities.

From Left to right (Vikaya Powell, Leigha Presley and Whitley Williams)
Equipment: Vikaya Powell was from North Carolina A&T but was recently hired by the University of Miami
Video: Leigha Presley is from Towson University
Athletic Trainer: Whitley Williams is from Furman University