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.

NFL Way to Play

Knees Bent. Pads Down. Head Up.

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. 

Gameday: Behind the Scenes

Countdown to kickoff: how NFL games happen.


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 inaugural 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.

College All Star Games

Strengthening football and the community.

NFL Legends Community

Strengthening the NFL brotherhood.

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.

NFL Video Rulebook

The NFL Video Rulebook explains NFL rules with video examples.

2018 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game.

2018 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.   

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.

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’s Career Development Symposium connects aspiring coaches and general managers with NFL front office personnel to learn more about the inner workings of football.

Sixty-eight NFL assistant coaches and front office executives will attend this year’s NFL Career Development Symposium, which runs March 19–21 in Phoenix. During the three-day event, the participants will attend presentations, panel discussions, and breakout sessions. Further, they will have the opportunity to network with owners, general managers, coaches, and league executives.

The speakers include:

  •       Michael Bidwill – president, Arizona Cardinals
  •       John Mara – president and CEO, New York Giants
  •       Rick Spielman – general manager, Minnesota Vikings
  •       Tom Telesco – general manager, San Diego Chargers
  •       Mike Pettine – head coach, Cleveland Browns
  •       Mike Zimmer – head coach, Minnesota Vikings
  •       Bill Cowher – former head coach, Pittsburgh Steelers

Three former NFL general managers — Charley Casserly, Bill Polian, and Ron Wolf — will participate in panel discussions. All three are members of the league’s Career Development Advisory Panel. Polian and Wolf are members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2015 and will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on August 9.

Bill Polian, Ron Wolf and Charley Casserly will be panelists at the 2015 NFL Career Development Symposium.

Bill Polian, Ron Wolf and Charley Casserly will be panelists at the 2015 NFL Career Development Symposium.

The Career Development Symposium is directed by Robert Gulliver, the NFL’s executive vice president and chief human resources officer, and Troy Vincent, the league’s executive vice president of football operations.

NFL clubs nominate members of their staffs to participate in the Career Development Symposium. The final roster of attendees is approved by the NFL.

“The Career Development Symposium is one in a series of programs we offer to develop talent throughout the NFL,” Gulliver said. “We have pulled together the next generation of head coaches and general managers who will benefit from the insights of owners, current and former head coaches, and general managers as they look to take that next step in their careers.”

“The NFL constantly strives to make the best better,” Vincent said. “We have assembled the most talented individuals available to our game. Our job is to educate in order to mesh that talent with potential, bringing forward the future of our game.”

Five current NFL head coaches attended the previous two Career Development Symposiums as assistant coaches. Head coaches Jay Gruden (Washington), Pettine (Cleveland) and Zimmer (Minnesota) attended the 2013 symposium, and two head coaches hired for the 2015 season — Todd Bowles (New York Jets) and Jim Tomsula (San Francisco) — attended the 2014 sessions.

In addition, four current general managers attended the 2013 symposium — Ray Farmer (Cleveland), Dennis Hickey (Miami), Jason Licht (Tampa Bay) and Doug Whaley (Buffalo). 

See how the NFL develops the next wave of coaches and front office executives.