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.

In continuation of their commitment to developing the next generation of football athletes, the NFL and Nike announced today the Nike 11-On initiative, a scholastic-based, team-oriented, character-building program.

The NFL and Nike will bring 11-On to 16 NFL clubs in 2019, expanding to all 32 clubs by 2020. The 11-On initiative will support scholastic high school football team competition that focuses on building transferable life skills while also creating an alternative to individual all-star formats.  

“Nike continues its commitment to develop the next generation of football athletes and is thrilled to announce Nike 11-On in conjunction with the NFL and NFL clubs,” said Scott Henson, Nike Director of Grassroots and Team. “This unique scholastic-based, team-oriented program will deliver best-in-class experiences for athletes that not only emphasize football skills but also team building and leadership development both on and off the field of play.”

The 11-On programming is a unique endeavor that focuses on team play over individual recognition and provides development for all 11 athletes on both sides of the ball.

"Working with our teams to build the 11-On platform has been significant in demonstrating the values of teamwork in high school competition while also highlighting the high school coach as a leader in transferable skill development within the football community,” said Roman Oben, NFL Vice President of Youth and High School Football.

The Los Angeles Rams hosted the first 11-On presented by Nike at El Camino College on March 30-31. During the two-day activation, the Rams engaged over 420 student-athletes and more than 30 high school coaches.

Below are the dates for the remaining clubs 11-On programs:

Team

Date

Chicago Bears

June 22

Cleveland Browns

June 25

Dallas Cowboys

June 19

Denver Broncos

June 15

Green Bay Packers

June 22

Indianapolis Colts

June 15

Jacksonville Jaguars

June 19 and 20

Los Angeles Rams

March 30 and 31

Miami Dolphins

June 15

Minnesota Vikings

June 15

New Orleans Saints

July 13

New York Jets

June 29 and 30

Oakland Raiders

June 22

Seattle Seahawks

June 15

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

June 8

Tennessee Titans

July 10

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Play Football is a year-round initiative celebrating youth and high school football. Play Football works to shape the football experience, advocate for player protection, promote football values and connect football communities. For more information, featured football stories, best practices and resources aimed to create a positive playing experience, please visit PlayFootball.com or follow @NFLPlayFootball. Join the conversation on social media using #LetsPlayFootball.

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