NFL announces dates for 2022 off-season training program


In April, the NFL announced the dates for the 2022 offseason training program for all 32 teams.

Voluntary off-season training programs are intended to provide training, instruction and physical conditioning to players, according to the NFL. The calendar for 2022 is below.

In accordance with Article 21 of the collective agreement, each club’s official and voluntary nine-week off-season program takes place in three phases:

The first phase includes the first two weeks of the program with activities limited to meetings, strength and conditioning, and physical rehabilitation only.

Phase two includes the next three weeks of the program. On-field practices may include individual or group instruction and drills, as well as “perfect play drills”, and drills and games with offensive players lined up in front of offensive players and defensive players lined up in front of defensive players, trailing on a march through pace. No direct contact or team offense against team defense drills are allowed.

Phase three includes the next four weeks of the program. Teams can complete a total of 10 days of Organized Team Practice Activity, or “OTA”. No direct contact is allowed, but 7v7, 9v7 and 11v11 drills are allowed.

Article 22 of the collective agreement stipulates that clubs can organize a compulsory minicamp for veteran players. This minicamp must take place during phase three of the off-season program.

New head coaches have the right to run an additional voluntary veteran minicamp. Any voluntary minicamp for veteran players must be held before the NFL Draft (April 28-30), but not before week three of the club’s off-season training program and after at least one week of the two-week activities of phase one that clubs can organize in accordance with Article 21. This year, eight clubs will organize voluntary veteran minicamps, as indicated.

Each club can organize a football development program for recruits for a period of seven weeks, which in 2022 could start on May 16.

During this period, no activities can take place on weekends, with the exception of a post-draft rookie minicamp, which can take place on the first or second weekend following the draft. The dates for each club’s post-draft rookie minicamps will be released at a later date.

For specific information and detailed off-season program rules, see Articles 21 and 22 of the Collective Agreement, available at

Joseph Phillips

joseph Phillips is the sports editor for the Chicago Crusader Newspaper. He is originally from Chicago and has been a sports journalist for over 17 years. He also hosts the SC Media News and Sports Network Q&A radio show on WHPK 88.5 FM Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected].


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