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.

Fines & Appeals

The NFL's schedule of infractions and fines, and a process for appeal.

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.

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 four NFL executives to create the NFL's 256-game masterpiece.

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 the NFL and its partners provide to help every player before, during and after his football career.

NFL Legends Community

Celebrating, educating, embracing and connecting all former NFL players with each other, their former teams and the league.

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.

2017 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game.

NFL Video Rulebook

The NFL Video Rulebook explains NFL rules with video examples.

2017 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.   

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.

NFL teams begin preparing for Kickoff 2017 on Wednesday, July 19 when rookies for five clubs — the Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars and New Orleans Saints — report to camp.

Every NFL team will be in camp by Saturday, July 29.

The Arizona Cardinals, who will face the Cowboys in the Hall of Fame Game (Thursday, Aug. 3; NBC, 8 PM ET), will be the first team with all of its players in camp when both their rookies and their veterans report on Friday, July 21.

This year, 21 of 32 teams (66 percent) will stay home and hold training camp at their regular practice facility, home stadium or at a site within 10 miles of their team headquarters. In 2000, only 10 of 31 (32 percent) teams “stayed home.”

“Our entire organization is excited to be returning to hold training camp at our facility in Metairie in 2017,” said Saints owner Tom Benson. “This will be a great opportunity for our passionate fans from throughout the Gulf South to be able to experience the fun, excitement and interaction of Saints training camp as our team prepares for what we expect to be a very exciting season.”

YEAR

NFL TEAMS WITH HOME TRAINING CAMPS (PCT.)
2000 10 of 31 (32%)
2001 9 of 31 (29%)
2002 10 of 32 (31%)
2003 14 of 32 (44%)
2004 15 of 32 (47%)
2005 17 of 32 (53%)
2006 15 of 32 (47%)
2007 16 of 32 (50%)
2008 15 of 32 (47%)
2009 17 of 32 (53%)
2010 17 of 32 (53%)
2011 19 of 32 (59%)
2012 19 of 32 (59%)
2013 20 of 32 (63%)
2014 20 of 32 (63%)
2015 21 of 32 (66%)
2016 20 of 32 (63%)
2017 21 of 32 (66%)

While training at home may be increasingly popular across the league, other teams are using the “old-time” approach and holding camp away from their facilities. 

LONGEST ACTIVE NFL TRAINING CAMP TENURES

TEAM

TRAINING CAMP

CITY

YEARS

Green Bay Packers

Saint Norbert College

De Pere, WI

60

Minnesota Vikings

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Mankato, MN

52

Pittsburgh Steelers

Saint Vincent College

Latrobe, PA

52

The Green Bay Packers will return to St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin for the 60th consecutive summer.

The Pittsburgh Steelers will come together at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania for the 52nd consecutive year.

“There’s some intrinsic value to being here, some things that you can’t measure,” said Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin. “Those are things that I think about when I think about training camp and those are the things that make me really excited about bringing a team to an environment like this.”

TRAINING CAMP SITES AND REPORTING DATES

AFC

TEAM

SITE

LOCATION

ROOKIES

VETERANS

Baltimore

Under Armour Performance Center

Owings Mills, MD

7/19

7/26

Buffalo

St. John Fisher College

Rochester, NY

7/26

7/26

Cincinnati

Paul Brown Stadium

Cincinnati, OH

7/25

7/27

Cleveland

Cleveland Browns Training Complex

Berea, OH

7/23

7/26

Denver

UCHealth Training Center

Englewood, CO

7/23

7/26

Houston

The Greenbrier

White Sulphur Springs, WV

7/25

7/25

Indianapolis

Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center

Indianapolis, IN

7/24

7/29

Jacksonville

Florida Blue Health & Wellness Practice Fields

Jacksonville, FL

7/19

7/26

Kansas City

Missouri Western State University

St. Joseph, MO

7/24

7/27

LA Chargers

Jack Hammett Sports Complex

Costa Mesa, CA

7/29

7/29

Miami

Baptist Health Training Facility

Davie, FL

7/20

7/26

New England

Gillette Stadium

Foxboro, MA

7/24

7/26

NY Jets

Atlantic Health Jets Training Center

Florham Park, NJ

7/28

7/28

Oakland

Napa Valley Marriott

Napa, CA

7/24

7/28

Pittsburgh

Saint Vincent College

Latrobe, PA

7/27

7/27

Tennessee

Saint Thomas Sports Park

Nashville, TN

7/28

7/28

NFC

TEAM

SITE

LOCATION

ROOKIES

VETERANS

Arizona

University of Phoenix Stadium

Glendale, AZ

7/21

7/21

Atlanta

Atlanta Falcons Training Facility

Flowery Branch, GA

7/26

7/26

Carolina

Wofford College

Spartanburg, SC

7/25

7/25

Chicago

Olivet Nazarene University

Bourbonnais, IL

7/19

7/26

Dallas

Marriott Residence Inn

Oxnard, CA

7/19

7/22

Detroit

Detroit Lions Training Facility

Allen Park, MI

7/24

7/29

Green Bay

St. Norbert College

De Pere, WI

7/26

7/26

LA Rams

University of California, Irvine

Irvine, CA

7/26

7/28

Minnesota

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Mankato, MN

7/23

7/26

New Orleans

New Orleans Saints Training Facility

Metairie, LA

7/19

7/26

NY Giants

Quest Diagnostics Training Center

East Rutherford, NJ

7/27

7/27

Philadelphia

NovaCare Training Complex

Philadelphia, PA

7/23

7/26

San Francisco

SAP Performance Facility

Santa Clara, CA

7/27

7/27

Seattle

Virginia Mason Athletic Center

Renton, WA

7/29

7/29

Tampa Bay

One Buccaneer Place

Tampa, FL

7/25

7/27

Washington

Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center

Richmond, VA

7/26

7/26

Each club generally holds its first official practice of training camp the day after the veteran reporting date.

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