Protecting the integrity of the greatest game.
It's our responsibility to strengthen the sport.
Ensuring a consistent and fair game that is decided on the field, by the players.
Ensuring that players conduct themselves in a way that honors the sport and respects the game.
Knees Bent. Pads Down. Head Up.
The NFL is proud of the HBCU professional football legacy.
Honoring the league’s commitment to serve the communities where the game is played.
Meet the people behind NFL Operations.
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.
Countdown to kickoff: how NFL games happen.
In the NFL, balancing technology with tradition.
How television has changed the game.
Upon further review…
It takes hundreds of computers and four NFL executives to create the NFL’s 256-game masterpiece.
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.
Creating an NFL player: from “everyman” to “superman.”
Supporting the next generation of players and fans.
Preparing players of all ages for success at football’s highest level.
Introducing the next wave of NFL superstars.
A look at the programs and services NFL Player Engagement provides to assist every player before, during and after his football career.
Strengthening football and the community.
Strengthening the NFL brotherhood.
Discover the evolution of professional officiating, the weekly evaluation process and how the NFL identifies and develops the next generation of officials.
“One thing hasn’t changed: the pressure. It will always be there.”
The latest information from the NFL's officiating command center.
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 an NFL game takes years of training and experience.
NFL Football Operations protects the integrity of the game by ensuring that the rules and the officiating are consistent and fair to all competitors.
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.
The NFL Video Rulebook explains NFL rules with video examples.
Explore the official rules of the game.
The NFL's procedures for breaking ties for postseason playoffs.
The NFL's familiar hand signals help fans better understand the game.
Sharpen your NFL football knowledge with this glossary of the game's fundamental terms.
See where the players line up in pro football's most common offensive and defensive formations.
Understand what the graphics on NFL television broadcasts mean and how they can help you get the most out of watching NFL games.
The NFL’s instant replay review process focuses on expediting instant replay reviews and ensuring consistency. Learn how it works.
Go inside the game with the NFL's official game stats. Sort the stats by season or by week.
Chart and compare the NFL Football Operations stats you're looking for with the NFL's data tool.
Get a snapshot of the current NFL game stats, updated weekly during the regular season.
As part of its ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion, the NFL will host its second Women's Careers in Football Forum Jan. 26-27 during Pro Bowl Week. Fifty women, selected from a pool of more than 400 applicants and representing five countries (United States, Canada, Panama, Germany and Australia), will participate in the second-annual event in Orlando. The Forum will feature panel discussions, breakout sessions, and networking sessions aimed to educate and prepare women for careers in Football Operations, including coaching, officiating, scouting and football front office positions.
Twenty-two of the women who participated in the inaugural Forum are working in Football Operations across professional, collegiate and high school football, including nine who obtained internships in the NFL (see below).
|Women's Careers in Football Forum Interns|
|2017 Participant||NFL Football Operations Position|
|Stephanie Balachko||Pittsburgh Steelers Coaching Intern|
|Callie Brownson||New York Jets Scouting Intern|
|Nausicaa Dellorto||NFL Films Production Intern|
|Rachel Huhn||New York Jets Scouting Intern|
|Stephanie Jackson||Minnesota Vikings Scouting Intern|
|Odessa Jenkins||Atlanta Falcons Coaching Intern, Bill Walsh Minority Fellowship Recipient|
|Marirose Roach||New York Jets Scouting Intern|
|Phoebe Schecter||Buffalo Bills Coaching Intern, Bill Walsh Minority Fellowship Recipient|
|Collette Smith||New York Jets Coaching Intern|
Participants will have the opportunity to connect and learn from executives and industry experts representing the NFL, NCAA, Canadian Football League, Women's Leaders in College Sports, among other organizations and academic institutions.
Featured speakers and presenters will include CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie, NFL Chief Football Administration Officer Dawn Aponte, Glazer Family Foundation Co-President Darcie Glazer Kassewitz (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Women's Leaders in College Sports Chief Executive Officer Patti Phillips, Atlanta Falcons Assistant General Manager Scott Pioli, CFL Toronto Argonauts General Manager Jim Popp, NFL Director of Football Development Samantha Rapoport, Carolina Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera, Stanford University Head Coach David Shaw, and Minnesota Vikings Chief Operating Officer Kevin Warren.
Forum sessions include: "Career Paths in Football Operations," "How to Succeed in the Culture of Football," and "NFL, CFL, Collegiate and High School Football: Where Should I Start?". In addition, each participant will create an action plan to help achieve the next steps in their football careers.
Learn more about the NFL Women's Careers in Football Forum and the league's diversity initiatives.