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 Legends Community, launched in 2013, set out to connect NFL Legends with one another, celebrate their accomplishments, mentor current players and support their community service.

Five years since its launch, the NFL Legends Community peer-to-peer model has fostered one of the strongest brotherhoods in professional sports. Legends add to their football legacy with off-the-field efforts that make a positive impact in communities across the country.

Here are a few ways the Legends Community serves, celebrates and engages Legends and their families:

  • The NFL Lunch and Learn Series — held at the team-level and at NFL headquarters — introduces players to everything the Legends Community offers and provides a platform for their voices to be heard.
  • The six-month NFL Legends Development program provides Legends the opportunity to gain business experience and exposure in the league office. Participants work in departments based on interest, skill, education and professional background.
  • The Legends Community hosts an annual welcome event for new Legends and their families to meet with different NFL departments, The Trust, and the Player Benefits team to stay connected to the game.
  • The Legends Community and NFL Management Council team created personal player benefits packages to distribute at all events. Customized packages allow Legends to see their benefits at a glance and connect them directly to the benefits team.
  • Life After Football, a Thursday Night Football segment, highlights Legends’ post-playing accomplishments and charitable efforts.

NFL teams also embrace their Legends throughout the year.

  • Arizona Cardinals – Initiated a comprehensive Alumni Benefits and Assistance Program to assist their Legends with getting the most out of their benefits packages.
  • Atlanta Falcons – Provide a gameday presentation and pregame sideline experience for Legends to connect, engage and celebrate with their former teammates.
  • Buffalo Bills – Partnered with the Houston Texans on a Bills Away Game Legends Lounge and hosted a Legends Brunch and Learn to celebrate the retirement of Thurman Thomas’ jersey number.
  • Houston Texas – Hosted a Lunch and Learn about the Legends Community, The Trust, collectively bargained benefits and the Player Care Foundation. The Texans also worked with the New York Giants on a joint-Legends presentation of the Star of Courage Award to a Houston police officer.
  • New York Giants – Initiated a Legends Development Internship Program that supports Legends’ transition to the workplace through leadership roles in scouting, sales, marketing, production, public relations and community relations.
  • New York Jets – Hosted a Super Bowl III team celebration to honor the 1968 championship team. Events included a breakfast, breakdown of practice, a formal dinner, outreach to season ticket holders and a halftime speech by Joe Namath.