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 COVID-19 Protocols

Social Justice

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 and Out.

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. 

Game Day: Behind the Scenes

Countdown to kickoff: how NFL games happen.

Game Day Assistants

See the NFL personnel at every game, what they do and you can identify them. 

Impact of Television

How television has changed the game.


In the NFL, balancing technology with tradition.

History of Instant Replay

Upon further review…

Creating the NFL Schedule

It takes hundreds of computers and five NFL executives to create the NFL’s 256-game masterpiece.

Big Data Bowl

The annual analytics contest explores statistical innovations in football — how the game is played and coached.

Youth Football

Promoting the values of football.

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

Strengthening the NFL brotherhood.

NFL Total Wellness

NFL Total Wellness assists players, Legends and their families before, during and after their playing experiences.

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 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.

2020 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game.

2020 Rules Changes and Points of Emphasis

NFL Overtime Rules

NFL Tiebreaking Procedures

The NFL's procedures for breaking ties for postseason playoffs.

NFL Rules Digest

A quick reference guide to the NFL rulebook.

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.

The Extra Point

Welcome to the Extra Point, where members of the NFL's football data and analytics team will share updates on league-wide trends in football data, interesting visualizations that showcase innovative ways to use the league's data, and provide an inside look at how the NFL uses data-driven insight to improve and monitor player and team performance.

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.

Sixty-four NFL assistant coaches and front office executives representing all 32 NFL teams will take part in the annual NFL Career Development Symposium March 22-24 in Orlando, Florida.

The three-day program will engage aspiring head coach, coordinator and general manager candidates through presentations, panel discussions, breakout sessions and networking opportunities with owners, club presidents, coaches, general managers and league executives.

Among the speakers and presenters are Arizona Cardinals President Michael Bidwill; Atlanta Falcons Chief Executive Officer and President Rich McKay; Baltimore Ravens Executive Vice President and General Manager Ozzie Newsome; Tennessee Titans General Manager Jon Robinson; Los Angeles Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco; Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach Dirk Koetter; Los Angeles Chargers Head Coach Anthony Lynn; Buffalo Bills Head Coach Sean McDermott; Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Doug Pederson; and former NFL General Managers Charley Casserly and Bill Polian.

Program sessions include: “Expectations of Ownership,” “Building a Championship Culture,” “Interview Techniques,” “The First 90 Days,” and three breakouts – one for aspiring head coaches, one for aspiring coordinators and one for aspiring general managers.

The program is directed by NFL Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Robert Gulliver and NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent.

Career Development Symposium participants are selected by the NFL office after NFL clubs submit nominations from their staffs.

The Career Development Symposium previously was held from 1998-2008 and returned in 2013. Last year’s event focused on engaging aspiring female executives.

Attendees of past symposiums include current head coaches Todd Bowles (New York Jets), Jay Gruden (Washington), John Harbaugh (Baltimore), Hue Jackson (Cleveland), Vance Joseph (Denver), McDermott (Buffalo), Pederson (Philadelphia), Ron Rivera (Carolina), Mike Zimmer (Minnesota) as well as general managers Chris Ballard (Indianapolis), John Dorsey (Cleveland), Jason Licht (Tampa Bay), Robinson (Tennessee) and John Schneider (Seattle). 

The NFL Career Development Symposium supplements other initiatives that include:

  • Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship (April-June 2018; July-August 2018), which provides opportunities at all 32 NFL clubs for women and minority coaches to observe, participate and gain coaching experience.
  • Nunn-Wooten Scouting Fellowship (May-August 2018), which provides former players the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of scouting at the NFL level.
  • NFL Careers in Football Forum (January and December 2018), which educates men and women about career opportunities available to them in all areas of football and allows the league to assist them in becoming strong candidates for open jobs.
  • NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy (February 2018), which offers coaches/coaching prospects – including current and former NFL players – tools and networking opportunities for potential careers as football coaches.
  • NFL-NCAA Champion Forum (June 2018), for those who have been identified as potential head coaches by college administrators, this program simulates the intercollegiate interview process from researching the position to their first staff meeting after becoming a head coach.