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 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.

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.   

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.

Security screening at U.S. Bank Stadium will be heightened for Super Bowl LII.

Screening on gameday begins at 1 p.m. CT. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to avoid delays and assist in the entrance of all spectators. Fans should dress warmly as they will be outside before passing through security.

To provide a safe environment and to expedite fan entry into the stadium, the NFL limits the size and type of bags that may be brought into the stadium. All items carried by spectators will be carefully inspected and potentially not permitted into the stadium.

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As with all NFL games, the NFL strongly encourages fans not to bring any type of bag to the Super Bowl, but if necessary, the bags outlined below are permissible:

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12"
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar)
  • Small clutch bags, 4.5" x 6.5", with or without a handle or strap, can be taken into the stadium with one of the clear plastic bag options
  • An exception will be made for medically necessary items after thorough inspection at a gate designated for this purpose

Prohibited bags include, but are not limited to:

  • Purses or clutches larger than 4.5" x 6.5"
  • Coolers
  • Briefcases
  • Backpacks
  • Fanny packs
  • Cinch bags/drawstring bags that are not clear or exceed 12" x 6" x 12"
  • Luggage of any kind
  • Computer bags
  • Binocular cases and camera bags
  • Large traditional seat cushions that have pockets, zippers, compartments or covers.

Prohibited Items at Super Bowl LII

(This list is a guide only; it is not intended to be all-inclusive.)

  • Alcohol* (unless purchased at an NFL venue)
  • Animals (except assistive animals)
  • Banners, signs (objects that obstructs views of others)
  • Battery-operated clothing (socks, jackets, etc.)
  • Beach balls or inflatable devices (balloons)
  • Beverage* (unless purchased at an NFL venue)
  • Camcorders
  • Cigarettes, e-cigarettes, all smoking devices
  • Containers of any type (aerosol cans, coolers, bottles)
  • Drones, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)
  • Food* (unless purchased at an NFL venue)
  • Footballs
  • Fireworks
  • Frisbees
  • Illegal substances
  • Laptop computers
  • Laser lights and pointers
  • Mace / pepper spray
  • Motorized scooters and skateboards (with the exception of ADA scooters)
  • Noisemakers and horns
  • Poles, sticks, missile-like objects of any kind
  • Selfie sticks
  • Strollers
  • Tripods
  • Umbrellas
  • Firearms, weapons, knives and explosives
  • Whistles

Note: Prohibited items and items determined to be inappropriate for entry into the stadium will be the responsibility of the ticketholder and cannot be accepted or checked by the NFL, U.S. Bank Stadium or the Minneapolis Police Department. We urge spectators to secure these items in vehicles or their hotel rooms.

Cameras and Binoculars: Small cameras and binoculars will be allowed. No spectator cameras with lenses more than six inches (6") long will be permitted. Camcorders will be prohibited. Binocular cases and camera bags are not permitted.

*  Items purchased after passing through security on gameday will be allowed into the stadium. The cooperation, patience and understanding of spectators is greatly appreciated by the National Football League, U.S. Bank Stadium and the Minneapolis Police Department.

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