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 & 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.

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 five NFL executives to create the NFL’s 256-game masterpiece.

Big Data Bowl

The inaugural 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.

College All Star Games

Strengthening football and the community.

NFL Legends Community

Strengthening the NFL brotherhood.

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.

2019 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game.

2019 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.   

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.

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 Alliance of American Football (AAF) and NFL Network announced a multi-year programming deal that includes live event coverage of the Alliance’s inaugural season.

NFL Network will televise 19 AAF games in 2019, starting with a matchup between the Salt Lake Stallions and the Arizona Hotshots on Sunday, Feb. 10. Following the opening weekend, NFL Network will air two games per week in primetime on Saturday and Sunday night.

"NFL Network understands the mission and vision for the Alliance," said Charlie Ebersol, Alliance co-founder and CEO. "This partnership will keep professional football in its primetime television spot, allowing fans to continue watching America's most popular sport well into the spring."

"Having live football games on NFL Network in February, March and April will be a great addition to our lineup and a nice complement to our coverage of the NFL Combine and NFL Draft," said Mark Quenzel, Senior Vice President of Programming and Production at NFL Network.

2019 AAF on NFL Network Broadcast Schedule
Sunday, Feb. 10   Salt Lake Stallions at Arizona Hotshots
Saturday, Feb. 16   Arizona Hotshots at Memphis Express
Sunday, Feb. 17   Atlanta Legends at San Diego Fleet
Saturday, Feb. 23   Memphis Express at Orlando Apollos
Sunday, Feb. 24   San Antonio Commanders at San Diego Fleet
Saturday, March 2   San Diego Fleet at Memphis Express
Sunday, March 3   Atlanta Legends at Arizona Hotshots
Saturday, March 9   Salt Lake Stallions at San Diego Fleet 
Sunday, March 10   San Antonio Commanders at Arizona Hotshots
Saturday, March 16   Arizona Hotshots at Orlando Apollos
Sunday, March 17   Birmingham Iron at San Diego Fleet 
Saturday, March 23   Salt Lake Stallions at San Antonio Commanders
Sunday, March 24   Birmingham Iron at Memphis Express
Saturday, March 30   San Diego at Salt Lake Stallions
Sunday, March 31   Arizona Hotshots at San Antonio Commanders
Saturday, April 6   San Diego Fleet at Orlando Apollos
Sunday, April 7   Birmingham Iron at Arizona Hotshots
Saturday, April 13   Atlanta Legends at Memphis Express 
Sunday, April 14   Arizona Hotshots at San Diego Fleet

*All games will air at 8:00 PM ET on NFL Network

Led by some of the most respected football minds in the game, the Alliance of American Football is a professional football league founded by TV and film producer Charlie Ebersol and NFL Hall of Famer Bill Polian. The Alliance features eight teams with 52-player rosters. The inaugural 10-week regular season begins Feb. 9 on CBS.

For more information, visit the AAF website.

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