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.

Fines & Appeals

The NFL/NFLPA's schedule of infractions and fines, and a process for appeal.

NFL Careers in Football Forum

The NFL strives to cultivate a qualified and diverse workforce.

Economic & Social Impact

Honoring the league’s commitment to serve the communities where the game is played.

The NFL and HBCUs

The NFL is proud of the HBCU professional football legacy.

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 the NFL and its partners provide to help 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.

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.

2017 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game.

NFL Video Rulebook

The NFL Video Rulebook explains NFL rules with video examples.

2017 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.

Fans may now vote to send their favorite players to the 2018 Pro Bowl on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. A new voting window will run for four weeks from Tuesday, Nov. 14 through Thursday, Dec. 14. Fans can vote online and on web-enabled mobile phones by going to NFL.com/ProBowlVote.

The NFL and Twitter are also introducing a new way for fans to vote through a Direct Message (DM) Voting Experience, a first for an All-Star game. Fans may participate via entry cards tweeted from all 32 team accounts or by directly visiting the @NFL profile page. The entry cards will initiate a private “Direct Message” and enable fans to select a position group, or search for a player or team to begin the voting process.

During the week of Dec. 7-14, fans will be able to vote directly on Twitter. To vote, fans should tweet the first and last name of the player, or the player’s official Twitter handle, along with the hashtag: #ProBowlVote.

The 2018 Pro Bowl, which kicks off at a new start time of 3 PM ET, will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and simulcast on ABC. Players for the game will be selected by the votes of fans, players and coaches, with each group’s vote counting one-third toward determining the 88 All-Star players who will play in the game. NFL players and coaches will cast their votes on Friday, December 15.

Pro Bowl rosters will be announced on Tuesday, Dec. 19 live on NFL Network’s Pro Bowl special “NFL Total Access: Pro Bowl Players Revealed” at 8 PM ET. The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its All-Star teams. It was also the first professional sports league to offer online all-star voting in 1995.

The 2018 Pro Bowl will feature the traditional AFC vs. NFC game format. Here’s a breakdown of the numbers of players who will be selected at each position (88 total):

OFFENSE DEFENSE SPECIAL TEAMS
Wide Receivers (8) Defensive Ends (6) Punters (2)
Tight Ends (4) Interior Linemen (6) Placekickers (2)
Tackles (6) Outside Linebackers (6) Return Specialists (2)
Guards (6) Inside/Middle Linebackers (4) Special Teamers (2)
Centers (4) Cornerbacks (8) Need Players (2-Coach’s Choice)
Quarterbacks (6) Safeties (6)  
Running Backs (6)    
Fullbacks (2)    

Tickets to the game are on sale at NFL.com/ProBowlOnSale. Last year's event — the Pro Bowl's first time in Orlando — featured a sellout crowd of more than 60,000. Fans may visit ProBowl.com for additional information.

The Pro Bowl is an all-inclusive event for fans. Working with KultureCity, Camping World Stadium's sensory-inclusive partner, the NFL will offer support to families who attend, including sensory accessibility resources and two dedicated sensory rooms so they may enjoy the game with more confidence and comfort.

For the second year, the NFL will host Pro Bowl Week festivities across the Orlando area, bringing to fans free experiences and an extraordinary number of events that commemorate all levels of football — from youth to high school to the NFL.

Events during Pro Bowl Week will include:

  • Pro Bowl Experience: A free football festival at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort, where fans can participate in interactive activities such as the 40-yard dash, take photos with the Pro Bowl Trophy, and have a chance to win prizes, including tickets to the game, autographed footballs and more.
  • Pro Bowl Practices: AFC and NFC team practices — free and open to the public — will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, allowing fans to watch their favorite players as they get ready for the game.
  • Pro Bowl Skills Showdown: This competition will test the athletic prowess of the NFL's best players in competitions.

In the week leading up to the game, the NFL will also recognize youth and high school football players, coaches and programs in special ways, including the NFL FLAG Championships Powered by USA Football, the USA Football National Conference, a congregation of administrators, coaches and leaders in youth and high school football, and the announcement of the prestigious Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award.

Español