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.

The NFL will celebrate hundreds of youth and high school football players alongside the Pro Football Hall of Famers in Canton, Ohio, during Enshrinement Week. Youth will participate in several NFL Play Football activities, including the Hall of Fame's annual "First Play" and the Play Football Skills Camp.


The Pro Football Hall of Fame and the NFL will kick off festivities with the annual "First Play" on Wednesday, Aug. 1. Nearly 3,000 children will pass a football along a three-mile route from downtown Canton, where the NFL was founded in 1920, to the front steps of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The NFL Don Shula High School Coach of the Year, Robert Garrett of Crenshaw High School, and members of the 2018 NFL Play Football Coaches Council will receive the final football on the steps of the Hall of Fame. Joining them will be David Baker, Pro Football Hall of Fame President & CEO, and Roman Oben, NFL Vice President of Youth and High School football.


The Pro Football Hall of Fame and NFL will host nearly 300 kids at a Play Football Skills Camp on Wednesday, Aug. 1, at Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village's National Youth Football & Youth Sports Complex. Hall of Famers Mel Blount, Tim Brown, Eric Dickerson, Marshall Faulk, John Randle and Will Shields will take the field to assist and encourage camp participants. Afterwards, they will host a panel discussion on the values of the game.


Members of the 2018 NFL Play Football Coaches Council will participate in a variety of events during Enshrinement Week. Events include a tour of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, an introduction to the Hall's A Game For Life curriculum and a meet and greet with Baker.

The Council is composed of NFL Club Coach of the Year winners. It offers the coaches an opportunity to attend Enshrinement Week events and professional development sessions where they can share their expertise with other coaches.


The 2018 NFL preseason kicks off on Thursday, Aug. 2, at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium with a matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears.

Robert Garrett, the Don Shula Coach of the Year, and members of the NFL Play Football Coaches Council will be honored on-field and will deliver the symbolic game ball to mark the start of the 2018 NFL season and Play Football Month.


The NFL and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) are teaming to increase flag football participation and access to the sport across the country. The partnership will provide opportunities for thousands of kids nationwide to participate in NFL FLAG powered by USA Football using grants, resources and training to launch and sustain new leagues in BGCA locations.


The NFL and the Pro Football Hall of Fame will host a Play Football Summer Season Clinic at the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village's National Football & Youth Football Sports Complex on Friday, Aug. 3. More than 200 kids will learn the game of flag football from USA Football-certified coaches and members of the Coaches Council. NFL Legends and members of the American Flag Football League will also join the young athletes on the field.

The clinic focuses on teaching the importance of teamwork, sportsmanship, and positive values across all ages and skill levels.

For more information, visit the Play Football site, or join the conversation using #LetsPlayFootball.