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.

The NFL roster of game officials for the 2015 season will include one new referee and 10 first-year NFL officials among the group of 122, the league announced today.

Veteran NFL official John Hussey has been promoted to referee to replace Bill Leavy, who will join the NFL officiating staff as a supervisor. Hussey has spent the past 13 seasons as a line judge and has officiated in nine playoff games, including Super Bowl XLV.

See the complete 2015 roster of NFL Officials.

“John Hussey has proven to be an outstanding official and we expect that to continue as he moves to the referee position,” said NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino. 

Along with Leavy, who joins the league office after finishing his 20th NFL season in 2014, several other former on-field officials are transitioning into new roles. Darrell Jenkins and Tom Stabile will work as officiating trainers for umpires and head linesmen, respectively, while Darryll Lewis will serve as an instant replay official.

The 10 first-year NFL officials – nine of whom were confirmed as members of the league’s 2015 roster of officials on April 8, and one, side judge Jonah Monroe, who has since been added – have been assigned to crews and will be on the field at OTA sessions this month.

The 10 first-year NFL officials:

No.

Name

Pos.

College

2014 College Conference

Crew

16

Kevin Codey

LJ

Western New England

AAC

Coleman

87

Walt Coleman IV

SJ

Southern Methodist

Big 12

Boger

94

Hugo Cruz

HL

Texas-Pan American

C-USA

Blakeman

2

Bart Longson

LJ

Brigham Young

PAC-12

Corrente

19

Clay Martin

U

Tulsa

C-USA

Hochuli

120

Jonah Monroe

SJ

Arkansas

AAC

McAulay

50

Aaron Santi

FJ

Southern Oregon

PAC-12

Torbert

14

Shawn Smith

U

Ferris State

BIG 10

Triplette

53

Sarah Thomas

LJ

University of Mobile

C-USA

Morelli

26

Jabir Walker

FJ

Murray State

SEC

Parry

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