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.

Nineteen current and former NFL players will take part in the 10th annual NFL Broadcast Boot Camp on May 16-19 at NFL Films in Mt. Laurel, NJ. Another six players who graduated from previous Broadcast Boot Camps will participate in an “Advanced Broadcasting” program.

The four-day boot camp, co-directed by the NFL Player Engagement and NFL broadcasting departments, will feature instructors from top broadcast and radio networks, including Big Ten Network, CBS, ESPN, FOX, NBC, NFL Network, SiriusXM, and Westwood One Radio.

Participants will receive hands-on instruction in tape study, editing, studio and show preparation and production meetings, radio production and field reporting. Each player will tape segments as a game analyst and as a field reporter, and will have a chance to serve as a live guest host on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

The “Advanced Broadcasting” curriculum will include one-on-one coaching and feedback from faculty members, as well as a voiceover audition with EA Sports. Players will further develop their skills in play-by-play analysis, radio broadcasting, field reporting and other techniques.

“Over the last decade, this program has resulted in numerous career opportunities for our players in the competitive broadcasting field,” said NFL Vice President of Player Engagement Charles Way. “The boot camp not only provides players with the skills but also the confidence to succeed in the media industry.”

Learn more about NFL Player Engagement

Participants will have the opportunity to earn a guest host spot with one of the league’s United Kingdom broadcasting partners during the 2016 season. Former NFL players Jabari Greer and Ben Hartsock served as studio analysts for Sky Sports in the U.K. one Sunday last season.

More than one-third of the more than 200 players who have taken part in NFL Broadcast Boot Camp have earned broadcasting jobs through their participation in the program.

Players are selected through an application process based on NFL playing experience, essays, and demonstrated interest in media.

The list of players scheduled to participate includes:



Emmanuel Acho

Free Agent

David Anderson*

Former Player (HOU, WAS)

Bobby Carpenter

Former Player (DAL, DET, MIA, NE)

Willie Colon*

Free Agent

Eric Decker


Braylon Edwards

Former Player (CLE, NYJ, SEA, SF)

Brad Hopkins

Former Player (TEN)

James Ihedigbo

Free Agent

Rashad Johnson


Ben Leber*

Former Player (MIN, SD, STL)

Brandon London

Former Player (MIA)

Langston Moore

Former Player (ARI, DET, CIN)

Will Overstreet

Former Player (ATL)

Mike Pouncey


Marcus Price*

Former Player (BUF, NO, SD)

Marcel Reece


Stan Routt

Former Player (HOU, KC, OAK)

Geoff Schwartz


Freddie Scott

Former Player (ATL, IND)

Duane Starks

Former Player (ARI, BAL, NE, OAK)

Brandon Stokley

Former Player (BAL, DEN, IND, NYG, SEA)

Adalius Thomas*

Former Player (BAL, NE)

Clevan “Tank” Williams*

Former Player (MIN, TEN)

DJ Williams

Former Player (CHI, DEN)

Dave Zastudil

Former Player (ARI, BAL, CLE)

* Advanced Broadcasting program participants

The list of NFL broadcasting talent and production staff who will lend their expertise to the program includes:



Glenn Adamo

NFL Network

Kenny Albert


Michelle Amos

NFL Films

Brian Baldinger

NFL Network

James Brown


Quentin Carter

Big 10 Network

Mark Champion

NFL Play-by-Play

Steve Cohen


Mike Corey


Greg Cosell

NFL Films

Howard Deneroff

Westwood One

Victor Frank


Ryan Galvin


Rob Gill

NFL Films

Annie Hoffman Goodrich

Sportscast Stars Training

Bob Goodrich

Sportscast Stars Training

Scott Graham

Westwood One

Dan Hellie

NFL Network

Ron Jaworski


Arthur Joseph

Vocal Awareness

Linda Kane

NFL Films

Seth Markman


Gerry Matalon

Playbook, Inc.

Curt Menefee


Bruce Murray


Nick Pavlatos


Merrill Reese

WIP Radio Philadelphia

Jason Romano


Ray Smaltz

RaySun Productions

Debbie Steer

NFL Films

Chip Swain

NFL Films

Ross Tucker


Jacob Ullman


Solomon Wilcots

CBS/NFL Network