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 COVID-19 Protocols

Social Justice

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. 

Impact of Television

How television has changed the game.


In the NFL, balancing technology with tradition.

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

NFL Tiebreaking Procedures

The NFL's procedures for breaking ties for postseason playoffs.

NFL Rules Digest

A quick reference guide to the NFL rulebook.

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.

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.

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.

More than 1,600 football fans at the 2018 NFL Draft in Arlington, Texas will receive an exclusive on-the-field experience. Draft ambassadors — dedicated fans hand-selected by each NFL team — will sit with their fellow fans in the “Inner Circle,” a new area on the field of AT&T Stadium directly in front of the NFL Draft Theater.

The "Inner Circle" will feature team rivalry zones, give fans the chance to celebrate picks with current players and Legends, and let them show their team spirit. Each picked more than 50 loyal fans to participate in this new Draft experience.

Before the Draft on Thursday and Friday nights, a roll call of all 32 teams will be taken, allowing fans in the “Inner Circle” to show their enthusiasm. "Inner Circle" fans will get t-shirts, rally towels, foam fingers, flags and more, and they will receive an LED lanyard that will light up in their team’s colors when their team is on the clock.

On Thursday night, “Inner Circle” fans will meet some newly drafted players, and on Friday, they will meet NFL Legends on-the-field and take photos with them.

Fans without seated tickets can still register for a chance to attend by downloading the NFL Draft – Fan Mobile Pass app and checking in at the NFL Draft Experience presented by Oikos Triple Zero®, which is free and open to the public. Registered fans who attend the experience may be upgraded into the theater as seating becomes available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  

Here’s what some teams are doing with their "Inner Circle" Ambassadors.

  • Arizona Cardinals: Season ticket members in the Texas area will receive scarves and be joined by team cheerleaders.
  • Atlanta Falcons: Fans selected from The Cast fan club will be led in procession with a team drum.
  • Baltimore Ravens: Season ticket members will be joined by cheerleaders and Poe, the team mascot.
  • Buffalo Bills: Members of the local chapter of the Bills Backers fan club will get foam fingers, rally towels and t-shirts.
  • Dallas Cowboys: Dallas Cowboys United fan club members will rally behind their team and get rally towels and pom-poms.
  • Green Bay Packers: Local season ticket members and fans will get "Cheesehead" hats.
  • Indianapolis Colts: Fans from local booster clubs and members of the team's women's fan club will be on-site with t-shirts and flags.
  • New England Patriots: Season ticket members and local fan club members will get thunder sticks and be joined by Patriots Legends.
  • Philadelphia Eagles: Local Eagles fans will get light-up sticks waved during the Championship parade.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers: Members of Steelers Nation Unite fan club will wave their Terrible Towels.
  • San Francisco 49ers: Texas-based booster club members will get wristbands that light up when their team makes its selections.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Local Bucs fans will get foam pirate swords.

The 2018 NFL Draft will be held Thursday, April 26 – Saturday, April 28. The Draft will be held for the first time at an NFL stadium, giving more fans than ever the chance to watch their favorite team's picks.

Learn more about the NFL Draft.