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.

Return To Play

2020 NFL-NFLPA CBA: Need to know

Key takeaways from the 2020 Collective Bargaining Agreement 

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.

NFL clubs are increasingly identifying talented players at the league’s Regional Combines. Clubs began their 2015 organized team activities with a record 119 Regional Combine participants on their rosters.

In the spring of 2015, 43 players from the 2015 Regional Combines signed with NFL teams — three were drafted (a record for Regional Combine players) and 40 were signed as college free agents. The remainder of Regional Combines players on rosters participated in past seasons: 15 in 2012, 28 in 2013, and 33 in 2014.

Learn about the NFL’s Regional Combines.

“These young men have taken advantage of the opportunity provided by the Regional Combines to showcase their talent and catch the eyes of NFL scouts,” said Troy Vincent, the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations. “They are a testament to the values of football — hard work, tenacity and the never-give-up attitude that is allowing them to live out their dream.”

By the end of the 2015 season, 96 Regional Combine players remained on NFL rosters — including Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus and Carolina Panthers tight end Scott Simonson, who both played in Super Bowl 50. All but one club (San Francisco) had at least one Regional Combine player, and several teams have found the events especially useful for identifying talent: Pittsburgh had nine Regional Combine players in 2015, followed by Tampa Bay (six) and Indianapolis, Miami, the New York Jets and Washington (five).

Tray Walker became the highest-drafted Regional Combine player when the Baltimore Ravens drafted him in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft.  (Ric Tapia via AP)

Tray Walker became the highest-drafted Regional Combine player when the Baltimore Ravens drafted him in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft (Ric Tapia via AP)

The NFL launched its Regional Combines platform in 2012 to give deserving players who may not be invited to the National Scouting Combine an opportunity to showcase their talents for pro scouts. In 2015, the NFL revised the events to include only players eligible for the current year’s draft, allowing clubs to focus on players who could end up on their draft board.

The NFL will hold the six 2016 Regional Combines in February and March at the training facilities of five NFL clubs (Houston, Arizona, Baltimore, Minnesota and New Orleans). The 2016 NFL Regional Combines are limited to position players; there will not be a kicker/punter combine this year.

Tray Walker, a defensive back from Texas Southern University, participated in the 2015 Combine in Miami in February and was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth round with the 136th overall pick. Before the 2015 draft, no Regional Combine player had ever been selected higher than the sixth round.

“If it wasn’t for the Regional Combine, I wouldn’t be here, let alone drafted,” Walker said in an interview with

Offense (46) Defense (42) Special Teams (8)
Offensive line - 9 Defensive line - 10 Kickers - 4
Quarterbacks - 3 Linebackers - 8 Punters - 4
Running backs - 6 Defensive backs - 24
Wide receivers - 17
Tight ends - 11
* as of the end of the 2015 NFL season