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 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.

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.

This summer, hundreds of current and former NFL players and coaches will host youth summer camps and activities for kids throughout the country. The NFL encourages NFL teams and partners to host events with the goal of providing opportunities for kids to "Play Football" throughout the year.

Camps and activities will teach young athletes proper technique at various skill levels, and emphasize teamwork, sportsmanship and the positive values associated with football. Activities will be open to boys and girls ages 5-18.

The NFL Foundation's Youth Football Camp Grant Program recognizes NFL players, Legends and coaches who give back to communities and offer young athletes the opportunity to play in an inspiring and fun environment. The NFL Foundation has awarded more than $7 million in grants to support free, non-contact youth football camps hosted by current and former players and coaches since 1998.

Families interested in registering early can view a list of confirmed summer activities on PlayFootball.com starting in April 2018. 

 "These summer camps create more opportunities for children to play the game of football and hone their skills, all while developing their leadership, self-discipline and teamwork attributes," according to Natara Holloway, Vice President of NFL Youth & High School Football. "This summer, thousands of children will learn the fundamentals of football from current and former NFL players and coaches, who endeavor to be outstanding role models for these young individuals both on and off the field."

On Monday, March 26, the NFL will host a camp to kick off signups for the Play Football Summer Season during its Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. More than one hundred middle and high school students will participate in a day-long Play Football Summer Season camp, where they will participate in non-contact skill development drills.  NFL Legend, Willie McGinest will host the camp, alongside current and former NFL players, including; Stefon Diggs, Demetric Evans, Levon Kirkland, Mike Martin, Jordan Palmer, Donald Penn, Marvin Pollard, Cory Procter, Mike Robinson and DeMarcus Ware.

"I'm honored to teach these young kids lessons about teamwork, discipline and accountability through playing football," said McGinest. "I am truly inspired by these young individuals and know that the summer season is the opportunity for these kids to be a part of something bigger than football."

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