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.

NFL Careers in Football Forum

The NFL strives to cultivate a qualified and diverse workforce.

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.   

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.

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.

Referee Bill Vinovich will lead the NFL’s seven-member officiating crew when the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots take the field for Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1.

Vinovich will be joined by umpire Bill Schuster, head linesman Dana McKenzie, line judge Mark Perlman, field judge Bob Waggoner, side judge Tom Hill and back judge Terrence Miles. Together, this officiating crew brings 86 years of NFL officiating experience and 59 combined games of playoff experience to the Super Bowl.

NFL Referee Bill Vinovich makes a call during an NFL football game between the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 in Detroit. (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)

NFL Referee Bill Vinovich makes a call during an NFL football game between the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 in Detroit. (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)

Vinovich, in his 12th season as an NFL game official and ninth as a referee, joined the league in 2001 as a side judge and was promoted to referee in 2004. He has officiated five playoff games, including three divisional playoffs, and was the alternate referee for Super Bowl XLVII.

To be eligible for the Super Bowl, officials must be rated in the top tier at their position by the league’s Officiating Department, have at least five years of NFL experience and have previous playoff officiating experience.

Learn more about how the NFL Officiating Department evaluates, trains and mentors its officials.

Mike Wimmer will be the game’s replay official. The replay assistant will be Terry Poulos.

This is the first Super Bowl assignment for Vinovich, Schuster, McKenzie and Miles, and the third for Perlman, who previously worked Super Bowls XL and XLIII. Hill and Waggoner also officiated Super Bowl XL.

The game begins at 6:30 p.m. EST at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

Super Bowl XLIX officials

Position

Official

NFL Seasons

Playoff Games

Uniform #

Referee 

Bill Vinovich

9

5

52

 Umpire

Bill Schuster 

 15

8

129

Head linesman

Dana McKenzie

 4

Line judge 

Mark Perlman 

14 

15 

Field judge

Bob Waggoner 

18 

11 

25 

Side judge 

Tom Hill 

16 

13 

97 

Back judge 

Terrence Miles 

 7

111 

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