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 will take place at an NFL stadium for the first time when it is held inside and outside AT&T Stadium on April 26-28.

The NFL is transforming the areas inside and outside of AT&T Stadium. The NFL Draft Theater will be built on the stadium's field, creating opportunities for more fans than ever to watch the event in-person.

More than 250,000 fans have registered for the chance to win free seated tickets inside the theater. That represents a 50 percent increase over last year and the highest sign-up total for any Draft event of the same length.

The "Inner Circle" provides an exclusive area for most passionate fans of all 32 teams to watch the 2018 NFL Draft from seats on the field. This Inner Circle features team rivalry zones, chances to celebrate the picks with NFL players and Legends and opportunities to showcase team spirit on national television.

Selection Square Driven by Hyundai inside the NFL Draft Theater will feature tables where representatives from each team will make their Draft selections throughout the three days.

NFL Draft Experience Presented by Oikos Triple Zero®

The free NFL Draft Experience presented by Oikos Triple Zero® will span the size of nearly 26 football fields and transform the outdoor plazas of the stadium into a space where fans of all ages and teams can participate in interactive exhibits, immersive games, virtual reality experiences, free player autograph sessions and more.

Fans who register for Fan Mobile Pass will enjoy an enhanced Draft experience. A personal scan code will give them exclusive access to NFL Draft Experience attractions and a chance to receive standby tickets to the NFL Draft Theater.

Hours of Operation

  • Thursday, April 26: 12 PM – 10 PM
  • Friday, April 27: 12 PM – 10 PM
  • Saturday, April 28: 10 AM – 6 PM

Games (Fan Mobile Pass Required)

  • Combine Corner:
    • Vertical Jump: Jump as high as you can and hit the corresponding flag to discover your vertical reach just like at the NFL Scouting Combine.
    • 40-Yard Dash: Race down the field against your opponents and digital NFL players on a giant 40-yard long LED wall.
  • Hail Mary: Test your long-distance accuracy by throwing a deep pass over defenders into a drop-in net.
  • NFL Training Camp: Race through a series of obstacles and train like a pro.
  • Touch Pass: Master one of the most difficult throws for an NFL quarterback by throwing the ball on an arc over a defensive player and into a net.
  • FedEx Air Challenge: Test your passing accuracy on specially designed targets.

NFL PLAY 60 Zone presented by Danimals®

  • Gear Up & Go: Try on NFL equipment and feel what it's like to get dressed for gameday.
  • Kids' Extra Point Kick: Test your ability to kick a field goal through scaled down NFL uprights.
  • Kids' Long Snap: Test your ability to snap the ball like a pro.
  • Kids' Quarterback Challenge: Test your passing skills.
  • NFL PLAY 60 App Station: Run, jump and turn through a simulated world in an app designed by NFL PLAY 60 and the American Heart Association.
  • NFL PLAY 60 Zone Obstacle Course: Race through agility drills just like the pros and test your high jump abilities, leap over obstacles and bob and weave through mini tackling dummies.
  • NFL RUSH Gameday: Experience gameday with an app designed for kids to play fun games, customize their own avatars, watch videos, and unlock cool digital gear from their favorite teams.
  • Play Football Field presented by Danimals®: Watch and learn from USA Football coaches and play NFL FLAG football. On-field clinics are open to boys and girls ages 6-17. Daily clinics open on a first-come, first-served basis.
    • Thursday, April 26: 12 PM  9 PM
    • Friday, April 27: 12 PM  9 PM
    • Saturday, April 28: 10 AM  4:30 PM

Additional Attractions:

  • Cowboys On-Field Experience: Visit NFL Draft Experience on Saturday, April 28 for the opportunity to go on the field for unique experiences and photos. Due to high demand, fans are encouraged to register ahead of time at
  • Vince Lombardi Trophy: Fans may take their photo with one of the five Super Bowl trophies from the Dallas Cowboys.
  • Locker Room: Visit a replica NFL locker room as it appears on gameday. Experience the sights of a real NFL pregame inside our video tunnel.
  • Pepsi NFL Helmet Photo Opportunity: As you enter NFL Draft Experience, find your favorite NFL team oversized helmet and have your photo taken by a Pepsi brand ambassador. Share your photos through your favorite social channel and Fan Mobile Pass.
  • Autograph Stage at Draft presented by Panini: Get free autographs from current NFL players and NFL Legends.
  • NFL Museum: The NFL Museum features:
    • Hall of Fame memorabilia
      • Hall of Fame Inductee Bronze Busts
      • Troy Aikman
      • Tony Dorsett
      • Michael Irvin
      • Jerry Jones
      • Tom Landry
      • Deion Sanders
      • Emmitt Smith
      • Roger Staubach
    • Hall of Famous
      • Get your own bronze bust digitized at the Pro Football Hall of Fame exhibit.
    • Full collection of 51 Super Bowl rings
    • Lamar Hunt AFC Championship Trophy
    • George S. Halas NFC Championship Trophy
    • Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award
  • College Football Corner: View College Football Hall of Fame memorabilia from former Round 1 Draft picks and Cowboys Legends, and cheer on Draft prospects from your favorite college team. Life size player mannequins offer unique photo opportunities. 
  • NFL Draft Set: Visit the official NFL Draft set and take your spot behind the podium
  • ESPN Set: Check out SportsCenter LIVE from NFL Draft Experience.
  • NFL Network Desk: Take your seat behind the NFL Network Total Access desk and break down the 2017 Draft.
  • NFL Draft Experience Tailgate: Enjoy selections from some of North Texas' best restaurants in a "taste of the town" tailgate.
  • Music Stage: Visit the stage featuring appearances by NFL team mascots, cheerleaders and drumlines and local musical talent.
  • Bud Light Ice House: The hottest place to drink the coldest beer and cheer on your team at the NFL Draft.
  • NFL Auction: Stop by the NFL Auction in the NFL Museum for giveaways and chances to win NFL instant prizes by checking in with your Fan Mobile Pass. View game worn and signed memorabilia available only on the NFL Auction website, and learn about the charities and foundations that the NFL and NFL Auction support.
  • Look Like A Pro: Step inside a uniformed body-cast mold bearing the insignia of your favorite NFL team and have a friend snap your photo.
  • NFL Shop at Draft presented by Visa: Stop by NFL Shop at Draft presented by Visa for the largest assortment of NFL Draft merchandise, including customizable Nike jerseys, the official 2018 NFL Draft Cap by New Era and exclusive Draft gear.  
  • NFL Virtual Reality: Experience NFL games using virtual reality technology.