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.

Return To Play

2020 NFL-NFLPA CBA: Need to know

Key takeaways from the 2020 Collective Bargaining Agreement 

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. 


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 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

Signals Intelligence

The NFL's familiar hand signals help fans better understand the game.   

NFL Tiebreaking Procedures

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

NFL Rules Digest

A quick reference guide to the NFL rulebook.

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.

The NFL partnered with Cigna to host the Youth Mental Health Forum at Florida International University on Sept. 18 in Miami, Florida. More than 200 student-athletes, parents and coaches from Miami Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) attended the event.

In recognition of Suicide Prevention Month, the event used sports to spark a conversation around mental health awareness, education and stigma reduction.

Throughout the program, student-athletes learned about ways to bolster their own mental health and how to offer support to teammates and peers. Parents and coaches, in turn, were given guidance on how they can better support their student-athletes and ensure that sports are contributing to positive mental health.

"We have become increasingly willing to recognize that mental health is as important as physical health at all levels, including in the world of professional sports,” said Nyaka NiiLampti, Ph.D., NFL Vice President of Wellness and Clinical Services. "We realize that if we truly want to make a shift from a crisis management approach to one that is more prevention and early intervention based, we need to begin these discussions as early as possible.”

“Statistics tell us that more than half of all mental health concerns begin by age 14 and almost 75% before age 24,” continued NiiLampti. “This was an incredible opportunity to work with tremendous partners in both Cigna and M-DCPS and begin these conversations." 

Panelists and guest speakers included prominent league, team and community representatives, as well as representatives from Mental Health America of Southeast Florida, Florida International University and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention:

  • Julius Thomas – NFL Legend and current psychology graduate student
  • Twan Russell – Miami Dolphins Youth Programs Ambassador
  • Dr. Robert Hamilton – Cigna Market Executive
  • Dr. Rob Seifer – Miami Dolphins Team Clinician
  • Kaleb Thornhill – Miami Dolphins Director of Player Engagement
  • Dr. Kensa Gunter – Atlanta Falcons Team Clinician
  • Dwight Hollier – NFL Legend and University of North Carolina Senior Athletic Director of Student-Athlete Health, Well-Being & Program Outreach

"For too many young people on and off the field, mental health issues are a taboo subject they're ashamed to discuss with their doctors and families," said Dr. Robert Hamilton, Cigna Senior Medical Director. "At Cigna, we aim to change that and help erase the stigma surrounding mental well-being. We're proud to partner with the NFL and Miami-Dade Public Schools to help educate student-athletes and their families about mental health and offer solutions for getting the help they need."

"We must continue to reinforce to students the importance of opening up and discussing mental wellness in individual and group settings like today's forum," said M-DCPS Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho. "As young athletes, it is critical that they understand the connection between performance and emotional well-being, and that they are fully aware of all resources available to seek support, if needed."