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.

NFL Network presents a series of player social justice features in partnership with the NFL's newly launched “Let's Listen Together” initiative, beginning Thursday, Jan. 25 with Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and his work with the Upper Darby Police Department. The feature on Jenkins will air on NFL Network's Good Morning Football at 7 AM ET and NFL Total Access at 6 PM ET.

NFL Network's feature on Jenkins, along with upcoming segments on New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty and Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith, is in partnership with the NFL's Let's Listen Together initiative, a campaign designed to promote engagement among players, owners, local leaders and communities on social justice and equality. Each week, NFL Network will feature players who advocate for social justice in their communities in partnership with the initiative.

Thursday, Jan. 25 at 6 PM ET – Philadelphia Eagles Safety Malcolm Jenkins

Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins sits down with Upper Darby, Pa. Superintendent of Police Michael Chitwood to discuss social justice issues affecting police and community relations, including details of a new intelligence training program to improve policing in their community.

“Over the past two years, I've joined other players across the country to educate ourselves on the issues that concerned us all as Americans, especially as African Americans,” said Jenkins. “We've gone on police ride-alongs, visited Capitol Hill to meet with legislators, met with community advocates about grassroots issues that impact millions of Americans. In the past six months, we've been able to take all that we've learned to NFL owners and team executives who have leaned in to hear more about these issues. Through the NFL's platform, you will see and hear more from the people who are impacted, the people who are working toward change and the people you can support. By having the courage to listen to some serious issues that impact millions of Americans, we can be there for one another. I am a firm believer that people, once informed, will take action and lend support to those who need it.”

Preview the Jenkins feature.

Thursday, Feb. 1 at 7 PM ET – New England Patriots Safety Devin McCourty

Patriots safeties Devin McCourty and Duron Harmon, cornerback Johnson Bademosi and wide receiver Matt Slater, along with team president Jonathan Kraft join community advocates and elected officials at Harvard University to discuss systematic racism in education and criminal justice endemic to Boston. Following the discussion, the players visit Haley House, a nonprofit organization that helps victims of inequality seek economic independence.

"I believe it is my responsibility to be in the forefront to create change and a better life for others," said McCourty. "It's an honor to serve people who don't always have a voice. I've been able to listen and learn about the challenging life stories from multiple people, which has inspired me to help more, try to spread these anecdotes and encourage others to get involved."

Thursday, Feb. 8 at 7 PM ET – Philadelphia Eagles Wide Receiver Torrey Smith

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith and safeties Rodney McLeod and Malcolm Jenkins hosted a screening of “Walking While Black, L.O.V.E. is the Answer,” a film by A.J. Ali and Errol Webber, at Temple University. Following the film, Temple Law moderates a panel how local police and communities can unite in a climate of distrust. Issues of social justice reform, community policing and accountability will be explored.

The NFL's Let's Listen Together initiative highlights ongoing engagement efforts among players, owners, law enforcement and civic organizations to improve communities.

View Let's Listen Together press release.