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.

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. 

Gameday: Behind the Scenes

Countdown to kickoff: how NFL games happen.

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 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 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 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.

NFL Video Rulebook

The NFL Video Rulebook explains NFL rules with video examples.

2018 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game.

2018 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.

NFL Legends Programs

Supporting Legends and their families throughout their transition.

The NFL Legends Community connects Legends with each other, celebrates their accomplishments, mentors current players and supports their community service. 

Since its launch, the community’s peer-to-peer model has fostered one of the strongest brotherhoods in professional sports. Whether Legends interested in jumpstarting a new career or simply staying connected with former teammates and the game they love, the Legends Community has a program to support.

NFL Legends Community

Here are a few ways the NFL Legends Community serves, celebrates and engages Legends and their families:

NFL Legends Welcome

NFL Legends Lounge

NFL Legends Lounge

The Legends Community hosts an annual welcome event for new Legends and their families to meet with different NFL departments, The Trust and the Player Benefits team to keep them connected to the game. 

LEGENDS LUNCH AND LEARN

The Legends Lunch and Learn Series — held by teams and at NFL headquarters — introduces players to everything the Legends Community offers and provides a platform for their voices to be heard.

NFL LEGENDS LOUNGE

The NFL Legends Lounge brings Legends together to celebrate the game and their permanent place in it. The Lounge, which debuted at Super Bowl XLVIII, is a free and private hospitality space open exclusively to current players and Legends. Found at every major NFL calendar event, it’s an opportunity for Legends to relax and reengage with former teammates.

Staying in the Game

Legends have the unique understanding of the characteristics shared by athletes who succeed in football. They have an ideal skill set for evaluating and coaching talent. These programs provide Legends with the tools for a second career in football.

Nunn-Wooten Scouting Fellowship

The Nunn-Wooten Scouting Fellowship, created by the NFL in January 2015, introduces players to a career in professional scouting. The program gives participants a glimpse into player personnel by exposing them to college and pro scouting.

Participants shadow members of an NFL team’s scouting staff and learn: 

  • What it takes to be an NFL scout
  • How to evaluate players
  • How to improve their ability to spot talent 

“The Nunn-Wooten Scouting Fellowship offers a unique opportunity for our Legends to learn more about this important profession,” said Troy Vincent, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations.

BILL WALSH COACHING FELLOWSHIP

The NFL Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship helps Legends, minority coaches and high school coaches advance their coaching career through: 

  • Observing NFL coaches at work
  • Networking with established and up-and-coming coaches
  • Experiencing a variety of coaching responsibilities 

Ron Rivera, Mike Tomlin, Marvin Lewis and Anthony Lynn all participated in the fellowship.

“The fellowship gave me my first exposure to coaching in the NFL, and it solidified my dedication to wanting to become a coach in the National Football League,” said Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.

Life After Football

These programs support Legends and their families in their transition.

Bridge to Success

NFL Bridge to Success

The Bridge to Success provides Legends with resources to tackle life after football. Trained Transition Coaches — NFL Legends who serve as a resource to fellow players — offer guidance and support.

Legends and their families can access networking events and professional resources focusing on personal finance, health and wellness, career development and more.

NFL INTERNSHIPS AND JOB SHADOWS 

Current players and Legends can to explore their post-football career options with a job shadow or internship at a local or national business. Whether during the off-season or after their playing days, this program connects players to professional opportunities.

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