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.

NFL Way to Play

Knees Bent. Pads Down. Head Up.

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. 

Gameday: Behind the Scenes

Countdown to kickoff: how NFL games happen.


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 inaugural 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.

College All Star Games

Strengthening football and the community.

NFL Legends Community

Strengthening the NFL brotherhood.

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.

NFL Video Rulebook

The NFL Video Rulebook explains NFL rules with video examples.

2018 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game.

2018 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.   

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.

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 impact of the NFL Draft will extend far beyond the Auditorium Theatre with the NFL’s community events taking place throughout Chicago during Draft week. From hospitals to schools, NFL PLAY 60 events to Heads Up Football® family clinics, thousands of local children and their families will experience the excitement of Draft through a series of free events.

The following are some of the NFL’s community activities planned for Draft week in Chicago. Media advisories with full details on each event will be issued throughout Draft week.

NFL Draft Prospects Clinic, NFL PLAY 60 Clinic Field presented by Danimals, Grant Park

NFL Draft prospects and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will lead 100 local children in a youth football clinic on Wednesday, April 27, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at the NFL PLAY 60 Clinic Field presented by Danimals in Grant Park. The clinic will be followed by a 30-minute media availability with the prospects from 11:00-11:30 a.m.

Youth Character Education Program, Ariel Elementary Community Academy

A group of NFL Draft prospects, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, United Way President and CEO Brian Gallagher, Chicago Bears Chairman George H. McCaskey, and Chicago Bears alumni, including James “Big Cat” Williams, will visit a local middle school on Thursday, April 28, at 10 a.m. to speak with students as part of the NFL and United Way’s youth character education initiative. The prospects will discuss topics including character education and healthy relationships.

Shriners Hospital Visit

For the second year, NFL Draft prospects will return to Shriners Hospitals for Children to spend time with patients and families, in addition to cheering them on while they participate in NFL PLAY 60 activities. The visit will take place on Thursday, April 28, at 10 a.m.

NFL Draft Family Football Clinic, NFL PLAY 60 Clinic Field presented by Danimals, Grant Park

The NFL Draft Family Football Clinic will be held on Saturday, April 30, from 9:30-11:45 a.m. This event will give kids an opportunity to participate in a youth football clinic while their parents listen to football-themed discussion panels. The event will conclude with kids and parents taking the field together to participate side-by-side in USA Football Heads Up Tackling drills.

Clinic participants include NFL Consultant on Youth Football Chris Golic and her husband Mike Golic of ESPN’s Mike & Mike, as well as local youth and high school coaches and representatives from the Chicago Bears.

Families can register for the free Family Football Clinic using the Fan Mobile Pass – NFL Draft app, which can be downloaded at

Youth Football Clinics, NFL PLAY 60 Clinic Field presented by Danimals, Grant Park

Thousands of children from the Chicagoland community are invited to take part in free public NFL PLAY 60 youth football clinics, which will take place in Grant Park April 28-30. Clinics are free and open on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Thursday, April 28:    4-8 p.m.
  • Friday, April 29:         4-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 30:     10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Additionally, approximately 1,000 children from local schools and organizations will take part in private NFL PLAY 60 youth football clinics at the NFL PLAY 60 Clinic Field presented by Danimals in Grant Park April 27-30.

Designed to tackle childhood obesity, NFL PLAY 60 is part of the NFL’s commitment to youth health and wellness, encouraging kids to get active for 60 minutes each day. Local area youth will participate in NFL PLAY 60 clinics, led by USA Football coaches, alongside current and former NFL players.

NFL FLAG Football Festival

Together with USA Football and the Chicago Sport & Social Club, the NFL will host the second-annual NFL FLAG Football Festival on Saturday, April 30 in Grant Park. The event is open to youth and adults, and games will be played on Hutchinson Fields. Teams can register at in the following categories:

  • 7/8 co-ed, 9/10 co-ed, 11/12 co-ed, 13/14 boys, 15/16 boys, 15/16 girls, adult co-ed recreational, adult co-ed intermediate, adult women’s, and adult men’s. 

Draft Town presented by Oikos Triple Zero:

As previously announced, thousands of fans will have the opportunity to take part in free activities throughout Draft week at Draft Town presented by Oikos Triple Zero in Grant Park and Selection Square, located next to the iconic Buckingham Fountain. Spanning the size of more than 20 football fields, the expanded Draft Town celebration will feature interactive games, food, free player autographs, youth football clinics and more.

Draft Town hours of operation are: Thursday, April 28: 12-10 p.m.; Friday, April 29: 12-10 p.m.; and Saturday, April 30: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

For more information on Draft media opportunities or community events, or download the Draft Town app at