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

Signals Intelligence

The NFL's familiar hand signals help fans better understand the game.   

NFL Tiebreaking Procedures

The NFL's procedures for breaking ties for postseason playoffs.

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.

Every Sunday during the 2016 NFL season, NFL Media offers a comprehensive lineup of programming, providing expert analysis, the latest news from around the league and game highlights. Here’s a complete look at NFL Media’s GameDay lineup.

NFL Network’s Sunday NFL GameDay Schedule

NFL Network provides more than 15 hours of live coverage dedicated to GameDay each Sunday beginning at 7 AM ET.

  • NFL GameDay First – 7 AM ET – Start every NFL Sunday with the first pregame show of the day, NFL GameDay First. Host Melissa Stark and analysts Shaun O’Hara, Michael Robinson and Brian Billick provide the first news reports and analysis for the day’s games.
  • NFL GameDay Morning – 9 AM ET – Host Rich Eisen is joined by analysts Steve Mariucci, Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner and Michael Irvin on the Emmy-nominated NFL GameDay Morning. The most comprehensive pregame show on television takes viewers up to kickoff with expert analysis, reports from stadiums and the latest news from NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. This season, NFL Media analytics expert Cynthia Frelund joins the show.
  • NFL GameDay Live – 1 PM ET – NFL GameDay Live — the ONLY in-progress NFL highlights show on television — provides highlights, analysis and live fantasy football updates for all of the day’s action. Rhett Lewis, Heath Evans and Mike Nolan host from 1–4 PM ET, and then Patrick Claybon, Terrell Davis and Daniel Jeremiah take over from 4:00–7:30 PM ET.
  • NFL GameDay Highlights – 7:30 PM ET – On NFL GameDay Highlights, Cole Wright and Steve Mariucci recap all of the day’s action with highlights, postgame press conferences and commentary, all leading up to kickoff of the Sunday night matchup.
  • NFL GameDay Prime – 11:30 PM ET – Hall of Famer Deion Sanders interviews the biggest stars in the NFL each week on NFL GameDay Prime. Sanders is joined by host Chris Rose and analyst LaDainian Tomlinson, who provide highlights and analysis of all of the day’s games, and lend perspective on what it all means heading into the next week. Interviews from NFL GameDay Prime are available on-demand online and additional content is featured on NFL Network programming, including NFL Total Access. and NFL Now

Each Sunday, and NFL Now provide fans with analysis and news online:

  • NFL Fantasy Live – Get last-minute injury updates and roster suggestions to help you set your lineup before kickoff with NFL Fantasy Live at 11:30 AM ET on NFL Now, and NFL RedZone, hosted by Michael Fabiano, James Koh, Akbar Gbajabiamila, Elliot Harrison and Marcas Grant.
  • GameDay BlitzGameDay Blitz — the ONLY in-progress online NFL highlights show — streams live on NFL Now every Sunday from 1-5:30 PM ET. Ike Taylor, Bucky Brooks, Marc Istook and Colleen Wolfe provide real-time reactions during the day’s games. The crew — joined by a rotating list of guests including Maurice Jones-Drew, Michael Fabiano, Dan Hanzus, Dave Dameshek, Gregg Rosenthal, Alex Gelhar and celebrity guests — offers highlights and analysis the day’s NFL games and previews upcoming matchups.
  • Around the NFL Podcast – Dan Hanzus, Gregg Rosenthal, Chris Wesseling and Marc Sessler provide their perspectives of the biggest news and events from Sunday’s action on the Around the NFL Podcast, available at and iTunes.

 NFL RedZone Hosted by Scott Hanson

Starting every Sunday at 1 PM ET, NFL RedZone hosted by Scott Hanson whips around the league, providing all of the touchdowns and action from the day’s games. To order NFL RedZone, visit


NFL Media is comprised of NFL Network, NFL Films,, NFL Now, NFL Mobile from Verizon and NFL RedZone.

Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, fans turn to NFL Network to receive information and insight straight from the field, team headquarters, league offices and everywhere the NFL is making news. Launched in 2003, NFL Network gives fans unprecedented year-round inside access to all NFL events, including the Super Bowl, Playoffs, regular season, preseason, Pro Bowl, Pro Football Hall of Fame induction weekend, NFL Draft, NFL Scouting Combine, Senior Bowl, league meetings, minicamps and training camps.

For fans on the go, all NFL Network programming can also be streamed live on the NFL Mobile from Verizon app ( and via Watch NFL Network on tablet (NFL Mobile and Watch NFL Network apps), PC (, Xbox One and Xbox 360(NFL on Xbox app) and other connected TV devices (NFL app on Apple TV and Playstation 4). Watch NFL Network access is available for NFL Network subscribers of participating TV providers. For more information, go to is the exclusive internet home of NFL Network.

NFL content has never been more popular across the media landscape. According to the Nielsen Company, 199 million people tuned into the 2015 NFL regular season representing 78 percent of all television homes and 67 percent of potential viewers in the U.S. NFL games accounted for the top 25 and 46 of the 50 most-watched TV shows among all programming in 2015.