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.

Fines & Appeals

The NFL's schedule of infractions and fines, and a process for appeal.

NFL Careers in Football Forum

The NFL strives to cultivate a qualified and diverse workforce.

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. 

Gameday: 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 four NFL executives to create the NFL's 256-game masterpiece.

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 the NFL and its partners provide to help every player before, during and after his football career.

NFL Legends Community

Celebrating, educating, embracing and connecting all former NFL players with each other, their former teams and the league.

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 command 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.

2017 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game.

NFL Video Rulebook

The NFL Video Rulebook explains NFL rules with video examples.

2017 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.   

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.

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.

Regional Combines

Unearthing football's hidden gems.

The path from college to the NFL is different for each player. Aspiring pros from major Division I programs are featured on nationally televised games and are written about in national publications, while those from smaller schools often don’t get that sort of exposure. For them, the NFL hosts the Regional Combines.

The idea: Give every deserving player the opportunity to have his talent assessed by pro scouts, while making it easier and more efficient for scouts from all 32 clubs to evaluate that talent.

In the 2014 season, 63 players earned positions on NFL rosters after participating in the regional combines. And 36 of them — 57 percent — were on clubs that made the playoffs or were in playoff contention at the regular season’s end. At the start of the 2016 season, 73 regional combine players were on NFL rosters.

The NFL began the Regional/Super Regional Combine series in 2012 as a supplement to the National Scouting Combine, where scouts assess the top 300 or so college players who are eligible for that year’s draft to see if they have what it takes to play at the sport’s highest level.

The remaining draft-eligible players — roughly 800 of them — may not get an invitation to the national combine, but they’ll still get a chance to pursue their dream by attending one of the five Regional Combines, where they’ll show off their skills for pro scouts and try to catch on to an NFL roster.

To participate in a Regional Combine, players must have played college football in their senior season and have used all of their NCAA college eligibility the fall prior to the upcoming NFL Draft. Players who go undrafted become free agents and can sign with any team.

Louisiana-Monroe tight end Harley Scioneaux runs through drills at the NFL football regional combine at the New Orleans Saints training facility in Metairie, Louisiana. (AP Photo/Scott Threlkeld)

Louisiana-Monroe tight end Harley Scioneaux runs through drills at the NFL football regional combine at the New Orleans Saints training facility in Metairie, Louisiana. (AP Photo/Scott Threlkeld)

“We want players to have every opportunity to showcase their talent. The guys at these events will always be able to say, ‘I may not have made it to the pros, but I left everything I’ve got out on the field.’ And those who do make it get to live out their childhood dream. It's a win-win.”

Matt Birk, NFL Football Development Consultant

In previous years, Regional Combines were “open call”; prospective players who were eligible for the NFL draft for the first time worked out alongside players who had been out of school for two, three or four years. Some at these combines even had previous professional experience. That made it difficult for scouts to focus on the players who were eligible for that year’s draft, so for 2015 the NFL made some revisions.

By restricting the participants in the Regional Combines to those eligible for the current draft, the league enabled teams to focus only on the players who could end up on their draft board. It benefited the players by giving them an environment where they get greater attention from scouts in the only year they can be drafted by an NFL team.

“This streamlines the system,” said NFL Football Development Consultant, Matt Birk. “This helps clubs focus on only draft-eligible players. Between the National and the Regional Combines, the NFL will have worked out about 1,000 draft-eligible guys.”

A Regional Combine, Birk emphasized, “is not a fantasy camp. It’s not an open to just anyone who wants to try out.”

Players who are no longer in their draft year that have signed a contract and have recent experience on a NFL team still have a venue to display their talent — the new Pro Personnel Combine. This option is available to players who were on a training camp roster during the previous preseason but were not on a 53-man roster following the 75-man roster reductions or whose contracts expire at the end of the current league year.