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.

NFL Player Engagement partnered with the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business to co-host a July 18 webinar for current NFL players and NFL Legends

The webinar served as introduction for NFL Business Academy, which will take place March 4-8, 2018 at The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, named for Miami Dolphins owner Stephen M. Ross.

Spouses and significant others also attended as part of Player Engagement’s commitment to involve players’ families in their professional development and career transition process.

The 2018 installment will be the third NFL Business Academy. The league hosted the second academy in February of 2017 for 32 current and former players. Participants heard from Ross faculty and business leaders as well as NFL veterans who have transitioned to careers in the corporate world.

“We are excited to offer the Business Webinar and expand upon our initiatives with the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business,” said Arthur McAfee, Senior Vice President of NFL Player Engagement. “Through this program, players will be provided with a foundation of business practices and knowledge that can aid in establishing a successful post-playing career.”

Led by University of Michigan Professor Len Middleton, the hour-long webinar provided an overview on finding and evaluating potential business ideas and how to start the business planning process.

“We are excited to further this partnership with the NFL Player Engagement team, especially because this webinar series extends the learning and enhances the players' ability to apply it successfully,” said Melanie Weaver Barnett, Chief Executive Education Officer at Michigan Ross. “This portion of the Boot Camp Series provides the players and their significant others with a suite of opportunities covering what it takes to start and sustain entrepreneurial ventures. With this webinar, they will receive firsthand knowledge regarding the process of planning a business, building their business acumen, and developing the essential skills that will help them become successful and savvy entrepreneurs.”

Current players and Legends who participated include:

  • Tyrell Adams
  • Mackensie Alexander 
  • Dwayne Allen
  • Will Allen
  • Jason Baker
  • Matt Barkley
  • Mark Barron
  • Ben Bass
  • Charles Bennett
  • Ulish Booker
  • Carl Bradford
  • Kevin Brooks
  • Nolan Carroll
  • Javiar Collins
  • Morgan Cox
  • Alge Crumpler
  • Dominique Curry
  • Donovin Darius
  • Carl Davis
  • Jon Dekker
  • Patrick Devlin
  • Kevin Dockery
  • Warrick Dunn
  • Paul Frase
  • Mike Gandy
  • Christopher Godfrey
  • Ben Hartsock
  • Temarrick Hemingway
  • Chris Hetherington
  • Michael Hicks
  • Robert Holcombe
  • Lamarr Houston
  • Richard Incognito
  • Brian Ingram
  • Jordan Johnson
  • Donta Jones
  • Matt Kopa
  • Henry Lawrence
  • Patrick Lewis
  • Jacob Lindsey
  • John Lotulelei
  • Steve Maneri
  • Marc Mariani
  • Martin Nance
  • Nick Novak
  • Alec Ogletree
  • Phil Ostrowski           
  • Vaughn Parker
  • Dr. Ray Perkins
  • Chester Pitts
  • Neil Rackers
  • Ryan Russell
  • Bradley Smith
  • Tye Smith
  • Max Starks
  • Nigel Tharpe
  • Tim Tyrrell
  • Van Waiters
  • Leonard Wheeler
  • Blair White
  • Maurice Williams
  • Sam Young