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 Resources

Assisting Legends and their families as they live healthy and fulfilling lives.

The NFL Legends Community connects Legends and their families to resources to support life after football.

Whether a Legend is looking to give back to the community, plan for the future or find support for medical issues, the Legends Community can guide and connect them to the proper support.

Resources for NFL Legends 

Resources available to welcome players to the Legends family and help them give back to their communities: 

  • NFL office visits welcome Legends and their families to NFL headquarters to learn about their benefits and to plan for the future. 

NFL Foundation offers grant assistance to current players and Legends to support the causes they care about:

  • Youth Football Camp Grants provide grants to current NFL players, Legends and coaches who organize and host free, non-contact youth football camps during the summer. 
  • Social Justice Grants support Legends in developing social justice programming or partnering with local non-profit organizations.
  • Through the NFL Player Financial Match Grant, Legends and current NFL players who donate to youth or high school football programs can receive 1:1 match funding up to $5,000. 
  • Through the NFL Legends Currently Coaching Grant, Legends who coach youth or high school football teams (beyond volunteering) can receive up to $8,000 in funding for their football programs.

Health and Wellness Resources 

Resources to support Legends as they transition to a healthy and fulfilling life after the NFL:

  • Healthy Body and Mind Screening is a free national screening program open to all Legends. The screening includes private and confidential cardiovascular and prostate screenings and mental health resources and education. The program is a partnership between the NFL Player Care Foundation and Tulane University School of Medicine. 
  • NFL Player Assistance and Counseling Service provides players, Legends and their family members with an extensive library of services for any life challenge or when they need a hand. This includes eight free, confidential, in-person counseling sessions for each mental health issue a year for players, Legends and members of their household. 
  • NFL Retired Player Dental provides dental coverage for Legends and their spouse. 
  • NFL Retired Player Vision provides vision coverage for Legends. 
  • NFL Joint Replacement Program includes medical and financial resources for Legends who need joint replacement surgery and are uninsured or lack financing. 
  • Spine Treatment Program provides access to top flight evaluation and treatment at five premier medical centers that specialize in spine care.
  • Urology Care Foundation offers prostate cancer screenings for Legends. 
  • Financial Grants, through the Player Care Foundation, provide funds for approved living expenses, housing or medical treatments.
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