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

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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.

NFL Legends Community

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

College All Star Games

Strengthening football and the community.

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 Total Wellness

Assisting players, Legends and their families with living healthy and fulfilling lives — mentally, physically and financially.

NFL Total Wellness assists players, Legends and their families as they live healthy and fulfilling lives — mentally, physically and financially — before, during and after their playing experiences.

Cigna is the NFL’s primary partner for mental health clinicians and resources. Here’s an overview of Total Wellness services offered to players, Legends and their families.

  • NFL Life Line is a 24-hour, free, confidential and independently operated resource with trained counselors to help individuals in crisis, online and at (800) 506-0078. The service is available to the entire NFL family — active players, Legends, coaches, team and league staff, and their family members.

NFL Life Line

  • Healthy Body and Mind Screening is a free national screening program open to all Legends and includes private and confidential cardiovascular and prostate screenings, and mental health resources and education. The program is a partnership of 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 that they may face, or when they need a hand. This includes 8 free, confidential, in-person counseling sessions per mental health issue each year for players and members of their household.
  • NFL Transition Coaches are specially trained Legends who mentor their peers and offer support and guidance to help players with the many transitions during and after the game.
  • Player Telehealth allows players to use their laptops to remotely meet with a counselor or therapist.
  • NFL Personal Health Coaches work with players to create and follow a personalized plan to manage and overcome a chronic condition.
  • Financial coaching resources prepare players for a lifetime of success through unbiased programs and seminars.
  • DVSA education includes mandatory domestic violence and sexual assault education sessions for active players, staff, owners, league personnel and coaches.

Player Engagement hosts clinicians and staff at annual conferences and trainings to share best practices. 

  • Clinician Summit – Clinicians from NFL clubs share knowledge on how to best serve players. Topics include reducing stigma, ethical and legal issues, mental health and rookie transitions.
  • Mental Health Symposium – Players, Legends, mental health organizations, caregivers and medical providers raise awareness of mental health.
  • Directors of Player Engagement Annual Meeting – Those who work with players every day exchange ideas and share resources.
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