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.

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.

Support for Players, On and Off the Field

NFL Player Engagement sets up players for success in football and in life.

NFL Player Engagement (PE) offerings set up players for success, on and off the field. Special programs and resources assist players with making the most out of their time in the league — and position them to succeed when they transition from the game.

NFL Rookies

Becoming an NFL player represents the fulfillment of a life-long dream. Professionally, personally and financially, a player’s life — and the life of his family — is about to change. An NFL career provides tremendous opportunities, and presents risks and challenges. NFL Player Engagement is there from day one to assist players as they make this transition.

Rookie Transition Program

PE connects with rookies well before they play in their first NFL game. Every summer, each team holds mandatory Rookie Transition Programs to provide rookies and undrafted free agents with information, resources and expert advice. Many teams make current players and NFL Legends — who have experience making this transition — available as mentors for the incoming class.

The new players learn about: 

  • What to expect in their new city
  • The history, culture and values of the league and their new team
  • League policies, sportsmanship, workplace conduct and off-field behavior
  • Their benefits
  • NFL and NFLPA programs and resources available to them
  • Financial and time management
  • Total health and wellness
  • Building and maintaining healthy family and personal relationships
  • Differences between collegiate and NFL playing rules
  • And more

The Rookie Transition Program reinforces professional developmental activities, such as ways to improve their decision-making skills and use the resources available to them and their families. It includes topics such as family safety, lifestyle management, impulse control, anger management, time management, stress management, domestic violence and public safety.

All Players

NFL Player Engagement provides all players a platform to grow personally, professionally, academically and financially. These include intensive boot camps such as: 

  • NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy – Coaches, general managers, athletic directors and other experts share their knowledge and insight on the ins and outs of coaching at the collegiate and professional levels.
  • NFL Business Academy – Successful entrepreneurs, philanthropists and real estate moguls explain options for starting a business or charity — and provide players with access to personal networks that can help them get started. 
  • Officiating Academy – The NFL Officiating Department provides instruction about various aspects of officiating and introduces current players and Legends to the potential of a career in officiating.
  • Speakers Bureau Boot Camp – Industry experts share with players how to tell their story, tailor their message to specific audiences and build and grow their influence. Provided in partnership with the University of Southern California. 
  • Personal Finance Boot Camp – Professional experts show players how to spend, invest, save and grow their NFL earnings wisely so they last a lifetime. 
  • Broadcast Boot Camp – Instructors from top broadcast and radio networks provide Legends who aspire to become broadcasters with on-set training and lessons on editing, show preparation, field reporting, production, control room operations and more.
  • Leadership and Sports Advocacy in Sport Workshop – NFL players and athletes from other sports and select students learn how to develop and implement effective advocacy platforms. Provided in partnership with the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) and Morehouse College.

Life After Football

Eventually, every football player has to walk away from the game he loves. Players, who have pursued their football careers with unwavering dedication for most of their lives, may find the transition challenging. 

NFL Player Engagement (PE) is here to serve, equip, and empower players and their families during their transition and beyond by supporting them as they pursue new career paths, earn degrees or certifications, plan finances for the future and connect with other Legends. PE programs connect players with information about potential careers, internships, networking opportunities and more, so players can take the traits that made them successful on the field and apply them to what comes next.

Bridge to Success

The Bridge to Success equips and empowers Legends with information, resources and transition coaches to support them and their families in the next transition — mentally, emotionally, physically and financially.

Bridge to Success

“Bridge to Success allows us to take a step back, find some of those transferable skills, and then apply those same things that have made us great in football to make us great in life after,” said Freddie Scott II, former NFL wide receiver and founder of Unlock the Champion, a national life-skills and leadership development organization that provides training and education for men, boys and communities.

  • Bridge Business Symposium provides both current players and Legends with an in-depth look at career building, networking and an introduction to entrepreneurship and franchising. It includes specially-trained Transition Coaches who advise with players and their families on the mental, emotional, physical and financial transition. 
  • Transition Coaches are NFL Legends who understand what players are going through and serve as mentors, supporters and sounding boards for players who are transitioning from the game. They are trained and certified in life transitions, mental health first aid, relationship management and applied suicide intervention skills training. As the primary outreach facilitators for Legends, these high-character Legends provide peer-to-peer coaching through the transition process and beyond.

“That’s what this program and that’s what being a transition coach is all about,” says NFL transition coach and former NFL quarterback Chad Pennington, “to use each other as [resources and] an extended locker room outside of the game to be able to figure out what every one of our paths should be and is going to be.”

Annual Super Bowl Events

NFL Player Engagement hosts annual events during Super Bowl week for players, Legends and their families, including: 

Broadcast Bowl

  • NFL and All Pro Dad Family Football Clinic – Players, Legends and their families come together for the annual clinic as part of the NFL’s Fatherhood Initiative. Players participate in fun football activities designed to engage and create new family memories around football. 
  • Broadcast Bowl – Select NFL players who have participated in a media-related Player Engagement Program, including Broadcast Boot Camp, Advanced Broadcast Boot Camp, Speakers Bureau, Sports Journalism and Radio, or Sports Media Boot Camp, are given the opportunity to participate in radio row during Super Bowl week. 
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