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.

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 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.   

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-NCAA Coaches Academy

The NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy program guides former and current college and professional players and current high school and college coaches through the intricacies of the coaching profession.
Participants learn from experienced coaches at the 2014 NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy.

Participants learn from experienced coaches at the 2014 NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy.

Participants learn about personal values, individual behavior styles and the viability of a career in coaching. Participants get the chance to work with established coaches, business leaders and athletic administrators to better understand the demands of coaching football at the professional level. Connecting former players with current NCAA coaches helps participants learn how to get involved with — and thrive in — college coaching. 

In keeping with NFL Player Engagement’s peer-to-peer model, participants will learn about coaching from successful NFL, college and high school coaches. In addition, they will hear from business leaders and athletic administrators about the business end of coaching.

Participants will also learn about:      

  • Building a personal and professional brand
  • Networking
  • Managing budgets
  • Player health and safety
  • Messaging for the media
  • Coaching contracts
  • Building relationships in college
  • Effective leadership
  • Understanding the academic landscape
  • Interviewing through mock interview sessions

"Continuing the education of administrators and coaches can provide a better, more complete experience for athletes, whether on campus or in the professional arena," said Bernard Franklin, NCAA executive vice president of education and community engagement membership chief inclusion officer. “The partnership with the National Football League has a positive impact on the sport and those charged with developing the game and its participants. The exposure of aspiring coaches to a collection of the top minds in football — discussing topics like financial literacy, mental health and locker room culture — is crucial now and in the future.”

Other NFL and NCAA partnerships include:

  • The NFL-NCAA Champion Forum for individuals whom college administrators have identified as potential head coaches. This program simulates the process of becoming a college coach — from researching the position and interviewing through holding the first staff meeting as a head coach.
  • The NFL-NCAA Future Football Coaches Academy for players who have recently completed their college eligibility and want to become college football coaches.
  • NFL-NCAA Athletic Professionals Workshops, where coaches share best practices for developing student-athletes by teaching them life skills and professional development.
  • The NFL-NCAA Life Skills Summit Roundtable for Student-Athletes, which gives high school and college athletes a forum to talk about the resources and support that they need to meet their personal and professional goals.
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