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 and services NFL Player Engagement provides to assist 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.

College All Star Games

Strengthening football and the community.

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.

The NFL kicked off Salute to Service, the league's year-round effort to honor, empower and connect our nation's service members, veterans and their families. Salute to Service will be highlighted in games during Weeks 9–11 and other special events around the league.

Beginning Sunday, November 4, and continuing throughout the rest of the month, clubs will designate one home game as their Salute to Service game, honoring servicemen and women from all branches and their families. To see the events for each club, visit NFL.com/salute.

"The entire NFL family is excited to honor, empower and connect with the great men and women who serve our country in the U.S. Armed Forces," said Anna Isaacson, NFL Senior Vice President of Social Responsibility. "This month, we reflect on the sacrifices of our heroes and increase our focus to ensure more service members, veterans and their families find the assistance they need, when they need it."

The league will donate $5 to its nonprofit partners for every use of #SaluteToService through November 19. On Veterans Day, the NFL will raise the donation to $25 for each use of the hashtag.

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)

The NFL partners with TAPS to fund programs that support the families of those who sacrificed their lives serving our country. Through the partnership, more than 3,500 TAPS surviving military families have been able to access youth mentorship, counseling and opportunities to participate in NFL events.

"My young son and I had the opportunity, through our association with TAPS and the NFL, to attend an Atlanta Falcons game and honor our fallen hero. Ben Garland honored my husband by wearing his initials on his helmet and meeting with our family. My son and Ben formed an incredible bond, he has become a wonderful role model for my son," said Katie Dean, a Surviving Spouse from TAPS.

VIDEO: TAPS | Salute to Service

Pat Tillman Foundation

To honor leaders who exemplify Pat Tillman's enduring legacy of service, the NFL partners with the Pat Tillman Foundation. The organization provides academic scholarships for more than 500 Tillman Scholars who are now pursuing careers in medicine, business, law, science, education and the arts.

"The NFL's been a great support to the Pat Tillman Foundation and to me personally. As a result of their generosity, I was not only financially enabled to complete my doctorate degree, I was empowered,” said Kate Hough, 2015 Tillman Scholar. “The NFL's support and the Pat Tillman Foundation have truly been game changers in my life."

VIDEO: Pat Tillman Foundation | Salute to Service

Wounded Warrior Project

The NFL partners with Wounded Warrior Project to help provide wounded veterans with free programs and resources that empower them to live their lives to the fullest and on their own terms. The NFL's support has helped WWP fund the expansion of combat stress recovery programs, such as Project Odyssey, and serve more than 150,000 wounded veterans, family members and caregivers.

"WWP teammates reminded me that just because I can't see anymore, I just have to look at the world a different way. I am not alone. Since joining WWP, I am getting the help I need mentally and physically," said William, a Wounded Warrior. "I am also being a productive member of society, reaching out to other veterans in the same shoes that I was in and pointing them to get the help they need and deserve."

VIDEO: Wounded Warrior Project | Salute to Service

Bob Woodruff Foundation

Earlier this year, the NFL expanded its support for the military community with a $2 million grant to the Bob Woodruff Foundation. This fall, BWF awarded grants to 22 best-in-class organizations that support post-9/11 veterans and their families through programs that focus on education and employment, quality of life and rehabilitation and recovery.

"As our nation's veterans return home, the Bob Woodruff Foundation helps ensure that they have the tools and resources to thrive in the next chapter of their lives. Through our partnership with the NFL, we're investing in programs that promote healthy lifestyles and community connection," said Anne Marie Dougherty, Executive Director of the Bob Woodruff Foundation. "We are excited to move further towards our shared goal of addressing the current and emerging needs of our veterans, their families and caregivers."

United Service Organizations (USO)

For more than 50 years, the NFL has supported the USO and its mission to strengthen service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country. In 2018, the NFL announced a new $5 million commitment to aid new projects that will reach service members and their families via the more than 200 USO locations worldwide. Since 2007, NFL players and coaches have traveled on USO tours to 25 countries to meet more than 95,000 service members.

"Our partnership with the NFL continues to grow stronger as more coaches, teams and players volunteer to support and engage with the service members who protect our freedoms every day," said Lisa Anastasi, USO Chief Development and Marketing Officer. "The NFL is a game changer for so many of our military and families who are away from their comforts of home. What may seem like another Sunday football game to most of us, can mean so much more to those fighting on the frontlines. We are grateful to the NFL for helping us make such a tremendous impact on morale globally."

VIDEO: USO | Salute to Service

Since 2011, Salute to Service has raised more than $26 million for military and veteran nonprofit organizations. For more information on the NFL's Salute to Service, please visit NFL.com/Salute. ​

Fact Sheet: the NFL's Salute to Service

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