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.

Super Bowl LII brings much more than a game to the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Throughout the week before the game, hundreds of student-athletes will learn and develop football and life skills through Play Football events — from family football festivals to character development camps — hosted by the NFL Youth & High School Football department.

Play Football Family Festival

To celebrate the football community and the coaches and players that bring passion, fun and excitement to the sport, the NFL will host a Play Football Family Festival on Wednesday, Jan. 31 from 6-8 p.m. at Shakopee High School (100 17th Ave W, Shakopee, MN 55379). Guests will participate in activities and enjoy entertainment, including photo opportunities and breakout panel sessions. The festival will conclude with an NFL player speech.

Play Football Middle School Developmental Camp

The NFL Youth & High School Football department will again host a developmental camp on Thursday, Feb. 1 from 5-8 p.m. in Braemar Arena (7501 Ikola Way, Edina, MN 55439) for current and future middle school football players. Participants will learn football skills and drills designed that help develop football players, and will discuss character and football values associated with the game.

Play Football Breakfast

The NFL Youth & High School Football department will host a breakfast for 40 key partners and stakeholders on Thursday, Feb. 1 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at NFL House. The Youth & High School Football Partner Breakfast will help foster further development and support for youth and high school football initiatives, provide networking opportunities and serve as an open forum to discuss the Youth & High School Football landscape. This breakfast is also an opportunity for the NFL Youth & High School Football department to thank those who are committed to growing the game of football.

Play Football High School Day

The NFL will celebrate high school football participants on Friday, Feb. 2 from 4-8:30 p.m. at Super Bowl Experience driven by Genesis. The NFL Youth & High School department will provide 300 complimentary tickets to local high school football players. These student-athletes can invite one peer who does not currently play football, but is interested in learning more about the game.

Play Football High School Day activities include a skills and drills session on the Play Football field, breakout sessions led by professionals in the sports industry and a chance to explore Super Bowl Experience.

Super Bowl LII Camera Walkthrough with North Community High School

On Friday, Feb. 2, football players from Minneapolis' North Community High School will participate in a walkthrough at U.S. Bank Stadium for a camera test for NBC's Super Bowl LII broadcast. These student-athletes will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take the field and run a few plays before the NFC and AFC champions compete for the Lombardi Trophy.

After the camera walkthrough, North High School will join other high school football players and students at Play Football High School Football Day at Super Bowl Experience driven by Genesis.

Learn more about Play Football and follow #LetsPlayFootball on social media.