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 & Out.
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 five NFL executives to create the NFL’s 256-game masterpiece.
The inaugural analytics contest explores statistical innovations in football — how the game is played and coached.
Promoting the values of football.
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.
A quick reference guide to the NFL rulebook.
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.
A journey of 100 seasons began with a single step.
For the NFL, that step was made by Ralph Hay, owner of the Canton Bulldogs. Hay invited owners of three other Ohio teams — the Dayton Triangles, Cleveland Indians and Akron Pros — to a meeting at his Canton auto showroom to discuss forming a league. Three issues prompted the meeting: Dramatically rising salaries, players jumping from one team to another following the highest offers, and teams illegally using players that were still in college. That initial meeting led to the foundation of the league, originally called the American Professional Football Association, on August 20, 1920.
A second meeting was scheduled on Sept. 17, 1920. This time, Hay invited several other pro teams. Perhaps the most significant attendee was future Pro Football Hall of Famer George Halas, the player-coach of the Decatur Staleys, the team that would eventually become the Chicago Bears. At that meeting in Hay's showroom, Halas sat on the running board of a new Hupmobile and, for the first of many important instances, modeled a league-above-team perspective that shaped the new organization 100 years ago.
The NFL embarks on its 100th season when the Atlanta Falcons meet the Denver Broncos in Canton's Tom Benson Stadium for this year's Hall of Fame Game. The 100th regular season kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 5, when the Bears host the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field. Chicago is the only team that will mark its 100th anniversary this season.
"Our goal is to make this the most meaningful and memorable season in league history," said Executive Vice President, Club Business & League Events Peter O'Reilly. "We will do that by paying tribute to our great players — past and present — our coaches, our teams and our fans, while also looking ahead to the next century of the NFL. Every week new content and initiatives will roll out that we are excited to share with everyone who loves this game."
Central to those plans are "Fantennials." During the 2019 season, each team will host a “Fantennial Weekend” — a three-day celebration of football. The homecoming-style weekend will include a high-school game on a Friday night attended by Legends from the local NFL team, a fan festival on Saturday and, its home game to close the multi-day extravaganza. At that home game, high-school players will take part in the coin toss, the greatest moment in club history will be revealed, and the team’s Legends will be recognized and honored.
Learn more about NFL100 celebrations.