Protecting the integrity of the greatest game.
It's our responsibility to strengthen the sport.
Ensuring a consistent and fair game that is decided on the field, by the players.
Ensuring that players conduct themselves in a way that honors the sport and respects the game.
Knees Bent. Pads Down. Head Up.
The NFL is proud of the HBCU professional football legacy.
Honoring the league’s commitment to serve the communities where the game is played.
Meet the people behind NFL Operations.
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.
Countdown to kickoff: how NFL games happen.
In the NFL, balancing technology with tradition.
How television has changed the game.
Upon further review…
It takes hundreds of computers and four NFL executives to create the NFL’s 256-game masterpiece.
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.
Creating an NFL player: from “everyman” to “superman.”
Supporting the next generation of players and fans.
Preparing players of all ages for success at football’s highest level.
Introducing the next wave of NFL superstars.
A look at the programs the NFL and its partners provide to help every player before, during and after his football career.
Celebrating, educating, embracing and connecting all former NFL players with each other, their former teams and the league.
Discover the evolution of professional officiating, the weekly evaluation process and how the NFL identifies and develops the next generation of officials.
“One thing hasn’t changed: the pressure. It will always be there.”
The latest information from the NFL's officiating command center.
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 an NFL game takes years of training and experience.
NFL Football Operations protects the integrity of the game by ensuring that the rules and the officiating are consistent and fair to all competitors.
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.
The NFL Video Rulebook explains NFL rules with video examples.
Explore the official rules of the game.
The NFL's procedures for breaking ties for postseason playoffs.
The NFL's familiar hand signals help fans better understand the game.
Sharpen your NFL football knowledge with this glossary of the game's fundamental terms.
See where the players line up in pro football's most common offensive and defensive formations.
Understand what the graphics on NFL television broadcasts mean and how they can help you get the most out of watching NFL games.
The NFL’s instant replay review process focuses on expediting instant replay reviews and ensuring consistency. Learn how it works.
Go inside the game with the NFL's official game stats. Sort the stats by season or by week.
Chart and compare the NFL Football Operations stats you're looking for with the NFL's data tool.
Get a snapshot of the current NFL game stats, updated weekly during the regular season.
Super Bowl 50, to be held on Feb. 7, marks the golden anniversary of the league’s championship game. Over the past 50 years, the Super Bowl has become one of the biggest sporting events in the world. Last year, a record audience of 114.4 million viewers watched the New England Patriots defeat the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX.
For such a high-profile event, the NFL makes sure that the game’s playing surface can stand up not just to the game, but also to the events related to it — including the elaborate halftime show.
This year, Super Bowl 50 will be played in the San Francisco 49ers’ home, Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, on a custom turf grown by West Coast Turf, a Livingston, California, sod farm that is providing the Super Bowl playing surface for the eighth time.
West Coast Turf has been growing the new playing surface — 75,000 square feet of a proprietary blend of hybrid Bermuda and rye turfgrass sod — for 18 months.
“The sod needs to be prepared to handle the Super Bowl, the pregame and halftime shows and all of the various rehearsals and events in advance of game day,” said John Marman, West Coast Turf’s vice president of sales and marketing.
Learn how the NFL prepared the field for Super Bowl XLIX.
“The stage they use for the shows takes about 500 people to roll on and off the field,” he said. “We can’t have ruts. The matting on this new sod material prevents rutting, thus keeping the integrity of the field. That results in a safer field, and player safety is paramount. It is an exceptionally heavy-duty product.”
It will take 24 truckloads for West Coast Turf to ship the 536 rolls of turf — each measuring 140 square feet — the 117 miles from Livingston to Santa Clara. Each roll weighs 2,500 pounds, for a combined weight of 1,337,500 pounds.
Once the turf arrives at Levi’s Stadium, it will take West Coast Turf and NFL personnel about two days to install the field. The 2-inch-thick playing surface will then go through the NFL’s field certification process in the days before Super Bowl 50 to make sure it is ready for the big event.
Learn more about the NFL’s season-long Super Bowl on the Fifty celebration.