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.

Beginning at noon ET on Saturday, April 28, NFL teams will announce their day 3 selections for Rounds 4 – 6 of the 2018 NFL Draft from a variety of locations. Teams will have special guests make their picks from around the world at military bases, state landmarks and other major attractions.  

For the second year in a row, Round 6 will have a youth football theme with players from Pop Warner, NFL FLAG and local teams representing their NFL clubs locally.

Here is a sampling of special team announcements during Day 3 of the NFL Draft:

  • BALTIMORE RAVENS: Former Raven and Hall of Fame offensive tackle Jonathan Odgen and local High School Football All-Stars will make selections from the USS Constellation.
  • BUFFALO BILLS: Bills Legend Thurman Thomas and Boys & Girls Clubs Collaborative of Western New York (WNY) NFL Flag Football Program will announce picks from Niagara Falls.
  • CLEVELAND BROWNS: Pro Football Hall of Fame President David Baker and youth football players will make selections from the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
  • JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: Defensive linemen Calais Campbell and Yannick Ngakoue will join Jaguars sweepstakes winners to announce Round 4 and 5 picks from London. Back in Jacksonville, players from the Jaguars' 2018 Girls Flag Football Jamboree will announce the team's Round 6 Pick.
  • KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: Fort Riley Child And Youth Service Teams will announce selections from Fort Riley Military Base.
  • LOS ANGELES CHARGERS & LOS ANGELES RAMS: Pick announcements for both teams will occur at the construction site for the LA Stadium And Entertainment District At Hollywood Park.
  • MIAMI DOLPHINS: The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Football Team will announce picks with the family of slain football coach Aaron Feis from the Dolphins Training Facility.
  • MINNESOTA VIKINGS: Members of the 2018 U.S. Men's Olympic Curling Team — the first ever U.S. curling gold medalists — will announce picks at the St. Paul Curling Club.
  • NEW YORK JETS: Boomer Esiason and High School All-Star Game Players will make picks from the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
  • OAKLAND RAIDERS: Youth And High School Football Players from Las Vegas will make selections from Nellis Air Force Base.
  • PITTSBURGH STEELERS: United States Army Captain and Bronze Star recipient John Kelly will make a pick announcement from Heinz Field along with his service dog Ranger.
  • SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS: From LucasFilm, Ron Howard, Chewbacca, Stormtroopers, and R2-D2 will make picks along with the SFPAL'S 49ers Prep Flag Football Team.
  • TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS: A parrot will deliver the team's selection to a pick announcer at the Pirate Ship in Raymond James Stadium.
  • TENNESSEE TITANS: Members of the Tennessee Youth Football League to make picks from the Grand Ole Opry music stage.