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.

Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Dwan Edwards, Indianapolis Colts tight end Coby Fleener and Cleveland Browns wide receiver Brian Hartline are among the 32 current and former NFL players who will be participating in the NFL’s Business Management & Entrepreneurial Program (BM&E) April 6–9 in San Francisco.

The NFL offers its players a variety of resources, both personal and professional, to prepare for life off the field. BM&E is part of NFL Player Engagement’s Next program, which helps former players make a successful transition to life off the field.

Developed jointly by NFL Player Engagement and the Aresty Institute of Executive Education at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, the custom program seeks to equip players with the knowledge to evaluate business opportunities and teaches them about financing and operating a business and developing a business plan.

Meeting at Wharton’s San Francisco campus, participants will hear from Wharton faculty, Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and NFL veterans who attended previous BM&E sessions. They’ll also get behind-the-scenes tours at Facebook, Google and Luxe. The program ends with a business pitch competition, where players take what they have learned and work in groups to develop and present a business plan.

“We will continue to stand by our players to make sure they are prepared for career opportunities long after their playing days are over,” said Charles Way, vice president of NFL Player Engagement. “This program is invaluable in providing the mentorship and business advice that will help players build their confidence, ultimately helping them succeed in the corporate world.”

“Wharton values the partnership we have with the NFL in providing this BM&E program,” said Sanya Sharma, director of NFL programs at the Aresty Institute. “The focus of this program is to provide players with the business acumen to be able to transition to a career in the tech industry, whether as an investor or an entrepreneur.”

For an inside look at BM&E, check the NFL Player Engagement blog, where Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen and Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Josh Martin will be posting updates during the program .

Those attending the program include:


Dwayne Allen – Indianapolis Colts

Will Allen – Free agent (PIT, DAL, TB)

Troy Auzenne – Former player (IND, CH)

Ron Bartell – Former player (DET, OAK, STL)

Jackie Battle – Free agent (TEN, SD, KC)

Donald Brown – San Diego Chargers

Melvin Bullitt – Former player (IND)

Chris Carter – Cincinnati Bengals

Jeromey Clary – Former player (SD)

Harvey Dahl – Former player (STL, ATL, SF)

Dwan Edwards – Carolina Panthers

Pannel Egboh – Former player (TEN)

Coby Fleener – Indianapolis Colts

Brian Hartline – Cleveland Browns

Andrew Hawkins – Cleveland Browns

Steven Jackson – Free agent (ATL, STL)

Maurice Jones-Drew – Former player (OAK, JAC)

Bryan Kehl – Former player (WAS, KC, STL, NYG)

Matt Kopa – Former player (PHI, MIA)

Jason Kyle – Former player (NO, CAR, SF, STL, CLE, SEA)

Ted Larsen – Arizona Cardinals

Sean Lissemore – San Diego Chargers

Arthur Lynch – Miami Dolphins

Josh Martin – Kansas City Chiefs

Jeron Mastrud – Former player (CHI, OAK, MIA)

Ron Pitts – Former player (GB, BUF)

Greg Salas – Free agent (NYJ, PHI, NE, STL)

Austin Spitler – Washington Redskins

Michael Stone – Former player (HOU, NE, AZ)

Will Svitek – Free agent (TEN, NE, ATL, KC)

Julian Vandervelde – Philadelphia Eagles

Sam Young – Jacksonville Jaguars