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.


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.

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.

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.

In the months leading up to Super Bowl 50, to be held on Sunday, Feb. 7, at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, the NFL is celebrating its premier event with “Super Bowl on the Fifty,” honoring the prestige and the history of the championship game.

A 50th anniversary is often referred to as a “golden” anniversary, so the NFL shield logo and 50-yard line numerals on fields across the league will be painted in gold for the 2015 season. Team logos on sideline apparel and the logos for NFL events — including the Draft, the Kickoff and the playoffs — will also turn gold.

The Super Bowl logo features the number “50,” breaking for one year the league’s tradition of using Roman numerals to designate each championship game.

A gold “50,” crafted by Tiffany & Co., will appear alongside the Vince Lombardi Trophy all year and will be presented to the Super Bowl champions. Each number — cast in bronze and plated in 18-karat gold —weighs nearly 33 pounds.

NFL Hall of Famer and Buffalo Bill Quarterback Jim Kelly carries a Gold Football with the On The Fifty Logo at the 2015 National Football League Draft. (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)

NFL Hall of Famer and Buffalo Bill Quarterback Jim Kelly carries a Gold Football with the On The Fifty Logo at the 2015 National Football League Draft. (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)

“Super Bowl on the Fifty” will come to life in a variety of ways:

  • The Super Bowl High School Honor Roll will recognize the high schools of every player and head coach who has appeared in a Super Bowl. Each school will receive a commemorative golden football produced by Wilson; NFL players and coaches will deliver these golden footballs to their schools throughout the season.
  • The 2015 regular season schedule features 19 Super Bowl rematches.
  • Clubs will honor past Super Bowl teams at homecomings and special halftime celebrations.
  • All 43 Super Bowl MVPs will be celebrated, including during an on-field ceremony at Super Bowl 50.
  • Starting in week 7, select sideline apparel and all caps from Nike and New Era will feature team logos outlined in gold.
  • The 2016 Pro Bowl, which kicks off Super Bowl week on Sunday, Jan. 31, will feature uniforms with gold trim.

“Super Bowl on the Fifty” links the past 49 Super Bowls with this year’s game and honors the teams, players, coaches, fans and communities that have been a part the game’s history.

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