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

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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.

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Weekly Dashboard

Get a snapshot of the current NFL game stats, updated weekly during the regular season.

Fourteen former NFL players and one current player are heading to Baltimore for this weekend’s 2015 Legends Officiating Development Program (LODP) and the Tom Beard Football Officials Clinic.

“The transition of our former players into officiating is a natural fit,” said Matt Birk, the NFL’s director of football development. “Not only do our players have high football intelligence, but they understand the game from multiple perspectives. 

“We need to encourage more former players to explore officiating as a way to stay involved in football and, quite possibly, as a career.”

Matt Birk, NFL director of football development

The weekend’s events will feature a keynote address from Ron Baynes, NFL officiating recruiting and scouting coordinator, former officiating supervisor and 15-year NFL official.

Several former players who participated in the 2013 and 2014 events will be co-hosts for the March 12–15 sessions. They include Charles Ali, Rick DeMulling, Nate Jones, Terry Killens, William Thomas and Landon Trusty, who together have officiated in more than 300 football games at levels from youth leagues to NCAA Division I.

Killens is entering his fifth year as an official and was selected to work in the American Athletic Conference for the 2015 season.

After only two seasons as an official, Jones has been offered a position in Conference USA. “My experience with the NFL Officiating Development program has been nothing short of outstanding,” he said. “I’ve made tremendous strides in my first two years by taking full advantage of the resources at my disposal. I can say without a doubt this has been my best career decision since I retired from the league.”

Representatives of NFL Player Engagement, all former players themselves, will also be on hand to talk with participants. Keith Elias, a transition coach; Dwight Hollier, the director of transition and clinical services; and James Thrash, the director of player engagement, will discuss how NFL Player Engagement can help players make a smooth transition to life off the field.

The Tom Beard Clinic includes classroom and on-field instruction, breakouts by position group and on-field scrimmage work. Current and former officials and officiating supervisors from all levels of football will serve as instructors, including Terry McAulay, referee for Super Bowl XLVIII, and Bob Waggoner, field judge for Super Bowl XLIX.

“The challenge is always to bring the most knowledgeable and athletic officials to the field and empower them with consistency and clarity in our development efforts,” said Troy Vincent, the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations.

“We encourage former players who want to remain in the game by officiating, as they have built-in knowledge of the game and have seen it at game speed, which gives them a great foundation to continue serving the sport they love.”

Representatives from NFL Player Engagement and the NFL Football Officiating Academy selected the following players to participate in the 2015 Legends Officiating Development Program and Tom Beard Football Officials clinics:

  • Mike Attardi (OAK)
  • Brian Clark (DEN, DET, TB)
  • Gregory Favors (KC, TEN, IND, BUF, CAR, JAX)
  • Dauntae Finger (TB, STL)
  • Eddie Fuller (BUF)
  • Matt Griebel (IND)
  • Tim Jamison (HOU)*
  • David Jones (SD, OAK, CLE)
  • James Manley (MIN)
  • Seneca McMillan (GB)
  • Roderick Royal (ATL, SEA)
  • Preston Taylor (BUF-NFL EU)
  • Darrick Vaughn (ATL, HOU)
  • Craig Whelihan (SD, OAK)
  • Sean Woodson (BUF, PHI, OAK)

* Currently in the NFL