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.

Fines & Appeals

The NFL's schedule of infractions and fines, and a process for appeal.

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.

Technology

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 four NFL executives to create the NFL's 256-game masterpiece.

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 the NFL and its partners provide to help every player before, during and after his football career.

NFL Legends Community

Celebrating, educating, embracing and connecting all former NFL players with each other, their former teams and the league.

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.

2017 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game.

NFL Video Rulebook

The NFL Video Rulebook explains NFL rules with video examples.

2016 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.   

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.

NFL Careers in Football Forum

The NFL strives to cultivate a qualified and diverse workforce.

As part of its commitment to inclusion, the NFL established the Careers in Football Forum, which allows the league to connect qualified men and women of all backgrounds with careers in football — both on and off the field.

“The Forum is an exciting opportunity to help find footing and establish direction as the next generation of leaders in the world of football and sports,” said NFL Executive Vice President Troy Vincent.

The NFL Careers in Football Forum educates men and women about career opportunities available to them in all areas of football, and allows the league to assist them in becoming strong candidates for open jobs.

“We need leaders to continue to preserve and elevate our game to the highest levels possible,” Vincent said.

The Forum connects women, minorities and college students with hiring managers from the NFL and other sports organizations and encourages them to apply for the jobs they want. It establishes a consistent communication process and provides educational opportunities for aspiring candidates. Participants are given specific objectives to work toward and are connected to potential mentors who can assist them in achieving their personal and professional goals.

Success in these careers relies on many of the same qualities that lead to success on the football field — a strong work ethic, leadership skills, commitment and determination.

The Forum emphasizes the NFL core values:

  • Integrity – We always look to make the right call
  • Resiliency – We set high standards and continuously strive for excellence
  • Respect – Everyone matters. Everyone contributes.
  • Responsibility to Team – As a team, we support one another. We depend on one another.

The NFL honors and celebrates the broad range of the backgrounds of those who work in our game and make it great and takes seriously its leadership role in society. The Careers in Football Forum is one part of the NFL’s effort to develop its future leaders.

“We believe in diversity. We believe that we’re better as an organization when we have good people at the table…” — Commissioner Roger Goodell

Women’s Careers in Football Forum

The Women’s Careers in Football Forum helps the NFL identify qualified women to join its next generation of leaders.

The NFL hosted the inaugural Women’s Careers in Football Forum in conjunction with the 2017 USA Football’s Women’s World Football Games during Pro Bowl Week.

The Women’s Careers in Football Forum helps the NFL identify qualified women to join its next generation of leaders.

The NFL hosted the inaugural Women’s Careers in Football Forum in conjunction with the 2017 USA Football’s Women’s World Football Games during Pro Bowl Week.

Consisting of two days of panel discussions, presentations and breakout sessions, the Forum educates and prepares female tackle football players and coaches for positions in football as coaches, officials, scouts, athletic trainers and more.

“We are actively expanding opportunities for women by identifying and developing qualified individuals as part of the NFL’s inclusion efforts,” said Vincent. “Hosting these events at Pro Bowl provides us the chance to celebrate women who play the game and to assist them by providing knowledge, tools and resources to pursue careers in the sport of professional football.”

As part of the NFL’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and increasing opportunities for women in football, the Forum provides women with information on how to either begin or transition to a career in football.

“This is one step in changing the culture of hiring managers within the organization to show them that females can be very successful, and to explain to them the benefits of having gender diversity within your organization,” said Samantha Rapoport, NFL director of football development.

All participants’ information is entered into the NFL’s Diverse Talent Community recruitment website, which allows human resources departments across the NFL and its 32 clubs to find qualified, dynamic candidates with diverse backgrounds.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities Careers in Football Forum

The NFL’s HBCU Careers in Football Forum brings together students and entry-level athletic department administrators from Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) schools so that they can explore potential careers in professional football administration and to network with industry leaders.

The Inaugural Forum was held Dec. 16, 2016 as part of the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl in Atlanta. The event included lectures and panel discussions with NFL leaders and club executives, resume and skill-building workshops, a behind-the-scenes look at operations at the Celebration Bowl and the opportunity to work with the event operations team on game day.

The Forum is part of an NFL partnership with two preeminent HBCU athletic conferences — the MEAC and SWAC — and is designed to increase opportunities for promising ethnic minorities who are interested in pursuing careers in football administration.

“Our partnership with the HBCUs is not only important for our pipeline of qualified individuals at all levels of football, but also to improve the NFL’s goals for diversity and inclusion,” Vincent said. “With our HBCU partnership, we are making steady progress in developing future coaches, officials, scouts, managers, front office personnel and others through effective football resources, educational programs and internships.”

In addition to the NFL supporting HBCU academic and athletic endeavors, MEAC and SWAC personnel benefit from internships at the club and league level, networking and mentorship opportunities and positions for HBCU athletic trainers, video directors and equipment managers into events, including NFL Regional Combines.

Each MEAC and SWAC school may send up to four participants (two students and two administrators). Participants apply for the Forum and are selected by their institutions.

Pac-12 Careers in Football Forum

An NFL Careers in Football Forum collaboration introduces Pac-12 football student athletes to careers in football, developing the next generation of football administrators and leaders. 

The NFL-Pac-12 partnership is part of a strong commitment to make sure that qualified student athletes are prepared to transition beyond the game after graduation. 

Each Pac-12 school will send two rising football student-athletes in their junior or senior years.

Training sessions will include panels, mock interviews, networking opportunities, discussion groups and hands-on learning stations. At the end of the two-day program, student-athletes will better understand prospective career opportunities in football and sports in general. 

The Forum will specifically introduce career opportunities in football with a specific focus on underrepresented groups.

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