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.

Social Justice

NFL COVID-19 Protocols

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. 


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 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.

By John Ingoldsby

NEW YORK – The NFL’s grand experiment of live streaming a game for the first time ever may someday be viewed as the day that opened the floodgates to a new way for the world to watch football.

Just three days after the Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Buffalo Bills in London, Hans Schroeder from the NFL and Ken Fuchs from Yahoo Sports, which carried the game, provided their early feedback to an audience attending the annual Sports Business Journal’s Sports Media & Technology conference.

The duo deemed the breakthrough broadcast viewed by approximately 15 million people worldwide as a win, which Schroeder summed up by saying, “It was a resounding statement of success and overwhelming reaction with most everyone saying what we wanted to hear, ‘Wow, it looks like TV.’”

As the Senior Vice President of Media Strategy for Business Development and Sales, Schroeder said he watched the game with a large group of colleagues in a conference room at the NFL’s New York headquarters.

“We had about 30 devices, including tablets, phones, and PCs, with Commissioner Roger Goodell connected in as well,” stated Schroeder. “It was great, and the quality of the video was remarkable, and we were all very excited in the room and felt good about it.”

Importantly, the excitement beyond the room and around the globe was equally upbeat, with Fuchs, the Vice President and Group Lead of Yahoo Sports & Finance and Product Partnerships, saying, “We reached every part of the Globe with one-third of the viewers being international in 185 countries.”

Schroeder added, “Ultimately, this will make a difference in how we think about game distribution, with the most exciting aspect being the opportunity to enjoy watching live sports on digital.”

The game itself, which was produced by CBS for Yahoo Sports, also helped as the third-ever 9:30 am EST start time kicked off a competitive 34-31 game that captured viewers’ attention.

“The early-morning is an interesting time slot that holds an appeal here, but of course it’s prime time for instance in Eastern Europe,” said Schroeder. We only had one commercial break in the third quarter so we received significant feedback that it felt like more action, and our only regret was that there was no overtime.”

Now, with the game over, what comes next?

“We have a lot to think through and a lot of work to do as we build off the real insights we received from the scale and size of digital,” Schroeder said. “We learned that this is a real and viable experience that is out there for viewers, and we are excited that we can unlock an even bigger audience for NFL football worldwide.”