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.

Fines & Appeals

The NFL's schedule of infractions and fines, and a process for appeal.

NFL Careers in Football Forum

The NFL strives to cultivate a qualified and diverse workforce.

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.

Technology

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 four NFL executives to create the NFL's 256-game masterpiece.

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 the NFL and its partners provide to help every player before, during and after his football career.

NFL Legends Community

Celebrating, educating, embracing and connecting all former NFL players with each other, their former teams and the league.

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.

2017 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game.

NFL Video Rulebook

The NFL Video Rulebook explains NFL rules with video examples.

2017 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.   

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 18th Rookie Symposium kicks off on Sunday, June 21 and will emphasize the sport’s legacy and tradition of character and leadership, and the importance of social and professional responsibility.

The four-day orientation held at the Bertram Inn and Conference Center in Aurora, Ohio, will introduce the 2015 NFL Draft class to life in the NFL prior to the rookies reporting to training camps next month.

Jacksonville Jaguars' Telvin Smith participates in an NFL football Play 60 youth event at the Cleveland Browns practice facility as part of the 2014 NFL Rookie Symposium. (AP Photo/Aaron Josefczyk)

Jacksonville Jaguars' Telvin Smith participates in an NFL football Play 60 youth event at the Cleveland Browns practice facility as part of the 2014 NFL Rookie Symposium. (AP Photo/Aaron Josefczyk)

The week will be split into two sessions with AFC rookies attending from June 21-24 and NFC rookies attending from June 24-27

All rookies drafted in the 2015 NFL Draft will attend the Rookie Symposium, an orientation based on the four core values of the league — responsibility to team, respect, integrity and resilience. The symposium includes presentations, videos and workshops on player health and safety, decision making, mental health, substance abuse, finance, building a winning culture and bystander intervention.

The league will provide rookies with resources and best practices to help them with their shared responsibility in successfully identifying off-the-field challenges and transitioning from college to the professional level.

Guest speakers include current and former players who have experienced a wide-range of successes and challenges in their football careers and personal lives.

Former NFL players Phillip Buchanon, Cris Carter, Warrick Dunn, Eddie George, Donte Stallworth, Sammie Stroughter and Rodd Tucker will share their experiences with the rookies.

They will be joined by current players including Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, Ravens running back Justin Forsett, Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall, Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews and Colts safety Mike Adams.

Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie and New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese will speak to the rookies in their respective conferences about the expectations of football players at the professional level.

Pro Football Hall of Famers Curtis Martin and Anthony Muñoz will conduct history sessions for the rookies at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.

Players will also hear from representatives from the NFL offices and club personnel and professionals in specialized fields and will participate in panel discussions including “Expectations of an NFL Player,” “Transitioning to the NFL,” “Reaching Out,” “Defining Success,” and “Staying in the Game.”

All rookies also will participate in a PLAY 60 youth football clinic with children from the Cleveland area at the Cleveland Browns Training and Administrative complex (AFC rookies June 23 at 9:30 AM; NFC rookies June 26 at 9:30 AM).

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