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 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.

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 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.

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 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. 6.2.5

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.

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.

In their ongoing efforts to improve high school football, the NFL and Hudl have expanded their partnership to include providing one NFL Game Pass subscription, free of charge, to every varsity high school football program using their services.

NFL Game Pass brings fans in the United States of America replays of every NFL game of the season as soon as they end, as well as live, gameday audio. A Game Pass subscription also includes access to archives of every NFL game from 2009 through 2019, previous seasons of the Game Pass exclusive show, NFL Game Pass Film Session, which highlights successful concepts, techniques and first-hand tips by players and coaches. NFL Game Pass can be accessed online and on any smartphone, tablet or connected TV device.

With a dominant market share of the American high school football market, a rate that accounts for more than 16,000 high school teams using Hudl's services, the partnership provides the opportunity for two of the most distinguished brands in football to grow the sport towards a brighter future.

"We are thrilled to be partnering with the NFL in making a better future for football at all levels. Football remains the heartbeat of our customer base," said Greg Nelson, Vice President of Competitive Sports at Hudl. "This is our way of saying thank you to the thousands of communities across the country that make Friday nights so special."

Additionally, the partnership will assist with extending the Way to Play initiative to the high school football level, which will help highlight proper playing technique to protect players from unnecessary risk and foster culture change across all levels of the sport.

The NFL Way to Play High School Award will honor one high school football player weekly for demonstrating exceptional in-game playing technique. The high school award recipient will be announced on NFL Network each Saturday morning, and the school of each honoree will receive a $1,500 equipment grant.

"The reach Hudl has in the youth and high school football space is substantial, making this expanded partnership something that will revolutionize the way youth and high school coaches analyze the game," said Roman Oben, Vice President of Youth and High School Football Strategy. "We're excited to further advance this partnership to also include NFL Way to Play which rewards high school student-athletes for their playing technique. The goal is the more high school coaches and players who utilize Hudl's services to evaluate their games, the more likely they are to emphasize player protection and proper playing techniques in the game."

Hudl and the NFL's partnership will allow the NFL to continue engaging with coaches at the high school level. The sharing of aggregate play and game-level data will provide new insights into the high school football landscape from which the NFL can closely monitor trends, observe player and team-level behaviors and anticipate future changes in style of play and tendencies.

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