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.

The NFL Foundation will contribute at least $300,000 to aid in international and domestic relief efforts in areas affected by Hurricane Matthew.

The NFL Foundation’s contributions will support various relief organizations, including the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and UNICEF.

A total of $100,000 will go to the Salvation Army and UNICEF to support relief efforts and assist victims in impacted areas of the Caribbean, including Haiti and the Bahamas. The NFL Foundation will provide an additional $100,000 to the American Red Cross to aid in relief and recovery efforts in impacted areas of the southeastern United States.

The NFL Foundation will also commit at least $100,000 to restore youth and high school football programs in impacted areas of the southeast. The NFL, together with USA Football, will replace damaged or lost equipment and uniforms and address other needs in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, and will work with area athletic organizations to determine which local programs are in the most need.

Several NFL teams and players have pledged to assist relief efforts in their communities and beyond. NFL players with Haitian ties, including Cliff Avril (Seattle), Nickell Robey-Coleman (Buffalo), Leger Douzable (Buffalo), Elvis Dumervil (Baltimore), Pierre Garçon (Washington), Ricky Jean-Francois (Washington), and NFL Legends, including Jay Feely, have personally provided aid and support in Haiti.

Here’s how some NFL teams are supporting Hurricane Matthew relief efforts:

Arizona Cardinals

Cardinals President Michael Bidwill contributed $25,000 on behalf of the team to support the Hurricane Matthew disaster relief efforts of former Cardinals kicker Jay Feely and Mission of Hope Haiti.

Atlanta Falcons

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation has made a $25,000 grant to CARE and will make a $25,000 grant to the Mission of Hope to support Hurricane Matthew disaster relief efforts.

Carolina Panthers

Carolina Panthers Charities is providing $250,000 in grant funding to assist high school athletic programs in North and South Carolina that have been adversely impacted by Hurricane Matthew and the storm’s aftermath. Grants will assist in replacing or repairing equipment, supplies or athletic infrastructure lost or damaged due to Hurricane Matthew.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars and Jaguars Foundation will make a $25,000 contribution to the Northeast Florida Chapter of the American Red Cross. The Jaguars will evaluate opportunities to continue to support relief and recovery efforts as they evolve in the coming weeks. This donation is designed to support the immediate short-term needs of those on the First Coast who need assistance. The Jaguars plan to recognize and salute area first responders at their Oct. 23 home game against the Oakland Raiders.

Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins organization contributed to a series of relief efforts, including a $100,000 contribution from its foundation to support efforts in Haiti, Cuba, the Bahamas and communities in Florida impacted by Hurricane Matthew. Funds will provide much needed near and long term support for impacted areas. Dolphins fans also have contributed to the cause: All proceeds from game day 50/50 raffles at Hard Rock Stadium on Oct. 9, Oct. 16 and Oct. 23 will go toward relief efforts. Ticket holders can donate supplies at stadium gates throughout October and fans can visit the Dolphins’ website to donate directly to relief organizations, including the Miami Foundation (Caribbean Community Relief Fund), American Red Cross (Hurricane Matthew), Jamaican Red Cross, Surge for Water, UNICEF and Salvation Army.

Washington Redskins

Washington Redskins Owner Dan Snyder and his wife Tanya personally delivered much needed hurricane relief supplies, including batteries, food, blankets, candles, non-perishable food items and children’s games, to the Bahamas on the Saturday following Hurricane Matthew. The Snyder family also donated their plane to Redskins players Pierre Garçon and Ricky Jean Francois who traveled to Haiti on behalf of the team to provide medical supplies from the team’s athletic training staff to people in need. 

About the NFL Foundation

The NFL Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those touched by the game of football — from players at all levels to communities across the country.  The NFL Foundation represents the 32 NFL clubs and supports the health, safety and wellness of athletes, youth football, and the communities that support our game.  For more information on the NFL Foundation, visit: