The National Football League (NFL) publishes their Rulebook online and updates it each year. This defines all aspects of gameplay, penalties, and numerous other topics.

One topic I have been interested in is how Officials are supposed to conduct themselves during game play and what guidance they are given from the NFL in carrying out their duties. However, there is not much to go on... the only thing I can find in the Rulebook is

Rule 19. Officials
Section 1 - Officials
Article 4. Responsibilities and Mechanics

Officiating responsibilities and mechanics are specified in the Mechanics Manual, published annually by the National Football League.

I cannot find the referred to "Mechanics Manual" on the NFL Operations website. Is it published publically or only internally by the NFL? If publically, where can I view it or obtain a copy from?

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No. It is not publicly available.

Some alternatives might be

Manual of Football Officiating (18th edition, perfect bound)

https://www.nfhs.org/media/869192/2011-3-official-football-mechanics.pdf <--- This is for high school.

  • Most recent edition right from the source can be found here: myiafoa.org
    – Skooba
    Feb 17, 2023 at 14:05
  • Hm... I think your link is the publications by International American Football Officials Association, not by the NFL.
    – user67275
    Feb 17, 2023 at 19:59
  • Yes, I was commenting on your first link. which points to a Google Books site. The link I shared was to the direct IAFOA site.
    – Skooba
    Feb 20, 2023 at 12:40

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