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.

Social Justice

NFL COVID-19 Protocols

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. 


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 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

Signals Intelligence

The NFL's familiar hand signals help fans better understand the game.   

NFL Tiebreaking Procedures

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

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.

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.

The 2018 NFL Draft in Dallas will recognize youth and high school football players, coaches and programs, connect football's next generation to the NFL’s newest members, and officially kick off the Play Football Summer Season.

Youth and high school football events will kick off with the NFL Draft Play Football Clinic, which matches local middle school students with the next generation of NFL stars. In addition to football clinics, the Play Football Prospects Family Brunch will connect parents of NFL Draft Prospects with local high school football families, and local high school players and coaches will participate in red carpet festivities and help announce Draft picks.

NFL Draft Play Football Clinic and Character Playbook Hour

NFL Draft Prospects will lead more than 125 local middle school students in an NFL Draft Play Football Clinic and 750 local middle school students in the Character Playbook Hour on Wednesday, April 25 at 10 AM at AT&T Stadium. The Prospects will be split into two groups and participate in both activities.

During the clinic, participants will receive instruction from Draft Prospects on techniques and non-contact football skills, including passing, receiving and agility. The clinic will take place on the Play Football Field presented by Danimals at NFL Draft Experience presented by Oikos Triple Zero®.

At the same time, the NFL and the United Way will host the Character Playbook Hour on the West Platform at AT&T Stadium. Character Playbook, which launched at the 2016 NFL Draft, has reached more than 200,000 students in 2,000 schools nationwide. Dallas Cowboys center, Travis Frederick will emcee as teams of local students partner with Draft Prospects to answer questions and complete quick challenges to become Character Champion. Cowboys Legend and Community Ambassador DeMarcus Ware will speak to the students about character and answer questions alongside Frederick and NFL Draft Prospects.

Thank You, Coach

NFL Draft Prospects will have the opportunity to say, "Thank You, Coach" to the high school coach who had the most impact on their life and their path to the NFL. Each Draft prospect who is invited to the Draft may invite his high school coach to participate in the festivities in Dallas. Each coach will receive a $2,500 equipment grant.

Prospects and coaches will attend a welcome reception, a behind-the-scenes Draft tour and the 2018 NFL Draft as they witness their former athlete join the NFL family.

Play Football Prospects Family Brunch

Parents of NFL Draft prospects will join local high school players and their families for a recognition and networking brunch. On Thursday, April 26, families will participate in a meet-and-greet and forum led by NFL Legend Scott Turner focused on the values one learns by playing football.

Play Football Summer Season Kickoff Clinics

In celebration of the Play Football Summer Season, the NFL will host non-contact football clinics for local kids on Friday, April 27. As Draft prospects prepare for their NFL journey, younger members of the football family will play the game at AT&T Stadium.

Play Football Summer Season clinics at Draft are free and open to the public. Clinics will be led by USA Football certified coaches with appearances by NFL players and Legends.

Over the summer, hundreds of current and former NFL players and coaches will host youth camps and activities for kids across the country. Camps and activities will focus on teaching proper technique and will emphasize teamwork, sportsmanship and the positive values learned by playing football. Families may register at

Play Football Red Carpet Celebration

High school football programs from school districts, including Arlington, Dallas and Frisco will walk the Red Carpet and be interviewed by media and aspiring high school journalists on Friday, April 27. High school cheer and dance squads will also participate in Red Carpet festivities.

NFL Legend and NFL Network talent Willie McGinest will host the event live from outside AT&T Stadium before Round 2 of the Draft.

NFL Draft Play Football Family Football Clinic

The NFL Draft Family Football Clinic will be held on Saturday, April 28 from 12:30 – 2 PM and will give local kids a chance to participate in a youth football non-contact clinic with USA Football coaches, while their parents listen to a football-themed panel discussion panel. The clinic is free and open to the public, and families may register through Fan Mobile Pass.

Youth and High School Football Community Pick Announcements

To celebrate youth and high school football, local athletes will announce draft picks during certain rounds at the NFL Draft.

During Round 1, football players from six Arlington ISD schools — Arlington High School, Bowie High School, Juan Seguin High School, Lamar High School, Martin High School, and Sam Houston High School — will take the stage alongside Commissioner Roger Goodell and represent the Dallas Cowboys during their Round 1 pick. The teams will walk the Red Carpet alongside Draft prospects.

For the second consecutive year, Round 6 of the NFL Draft will have a Play Football theme and celebrate youth and high school football participants across the country. Youth football players from NFL FLAG and local youth and high school football teams around the country have been selected by NFL teams to announce Round 6 picks.

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