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.
The inaugural analytics contest explores statistical innovations in football — how the game is played and coached.
Promoting the values of football.
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 and services NFL Player Engagement provides to assist every player before, during and after his football career.
Strengthening football and the community.
Strengthening the NFL brotherhood.
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.
A quick reference guide to the NFL rulebook.
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.
The NFL has added new full-time game officials for the 2018 season. Twenty-four officials will work full-time in 2018, up from 21 in 2017.
The full-time officials were chosen from among the current 121-person roster of officials and represent all seven on-field officiating positions. The initiative is an effort to improve the consistency, efficiency and accuracy of NFL officiating.
Full-time officials will work throughout the year on game preparation and administration. They will analyze current game trends, communicate with the clubs and help to develop a qualified pool of future officials.
“Working with the full-time game officials last season was extremely beneficial,” said NFL Senior Vice President of Officiating Alberto Riveron. “Their presence greatly improved communication with the clubs. Our collective goal is to make a positive impact on NFL officiating overall, and this initiative was an important factor for us in that effort.”
“We are supportive of providing our members the opportunity to voluntarily commit additional time for additional compensation to NFL officiating, especially in the offseason,” said NFLRA Executive Director Scott Green. “This program is the result of extensive discussion and planning, and the NFLRA looks forward to continuing and supporting the program in its second year.”
Here are the 24 full-time officials by position:
|122||Brad Allen||Referee||Pembroke State||5|
|135||Pete Morelli||Referee||St. Mary's||22|
|11||Fred Bryan||Umpire||Northern Iowa||10|
|81||Roy Ellison||Umpire||Savannah State||16|
|124||Carl Paganelli||Umpire||Michigan State||20|
|134||Ed Camp||Down Judge||William Paterson||19|
|59||Rusty Baynes||Line Judge||Auburn-Montgomery||9|
|32||Jeff Bergman||Line Judge||Robert Morris||27|
|10||Julian Mapp||Line Judge||Grambling State||10|
|9||Mark Perlman||Line Judge||Salem||18|
|84||Mark Steinkerchner||Line Judge||Akron||25|
|97||Tom Hill||Field Judge||Carson-Newman||20|
|41||Boris Cheek||Side Judge||Morgan State||23|
|88||Brad Freeman||Side Judge||Mississippi State||5|
|120||Jonah Monroe||Side Judge||Arkansas||4|
|1||Scott Novak||Side Judge||Phoenix||5|
|133||Steve Freeman||Back Judge||Mississippi State||18|
|78||Greg Meyer||Back Judge||Texas Christian||17|
|111||Terrence Miles||Back Judge||Arizona State||11|
|12||Greg Steed||Back Judge||Howard||16|