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Become A Certified Football Official

Is Officiating For You?

Is it for you? Referees and umpires represent some of the most unpopular figures in arenas and stadiums around the world. Perhaps this is because millions of adoring fans and hundreds of nervous athletes on both sides of the coin toss understand the power that the men...

What qualities or skills do I need to be a good official?

There are many factors that combine together to make someone a good official. Weaknesses in one area are often overcome by exceeding in others. A few of the most important factors are: Judgment: A good official is not someone that sees everything and throws a flag for...

What are the benefits of Officiating?

As you start officiating the benefits you will enjoy are almost too long to list. There are a number of benefits that are enjoyed by all officials. Other benefits are much more personal and are determined on an individual basis: It is a great way to stay involved in...

What does a football official do?

The primary responsibility of any officiating crew is to ensure that the game is played fairly and safely between two opponents. Each individual official on the football crew will be responsible for a particular area of play and will use "keys" to read the...

Official USA Football Rule on Trick Plays

    Official USA Football Rule on Trick Plays There has been much debate about trick plays in youth football the last few weeks. We’ve all seen, and discussed, the merits of such plays. Below is a passage from our 2010 Youth Football Rulebook regarding...

Forms TOC

NCFL Crew Card NFL Pre-Game 2011 FOA Pregame PDF WORD GDFL Game Report PDF EXCEL Major NFL and NCAA Differences WCFA Coaches Crew Card WCFA Game Report PDF EXCEL 2011 Equipment Card PDF WORD Blank PCFL Game Report PDF...

Rules and Mechanics

Table of Contents Rules NFL Rule Book 2011 2011 NFL Hopper Book – Final 2010 NFL/ NCFL/ CVFL/ NCAA Rules Differences FOA – Penalty Abbreviation Codes Major NFL and NCAA Differences NFL Reviewable Plays Pac West Football League NFL Rules Addendum  ...

A Message from Roger Goodell, Commissioner of the NFL

To NFL Fans: The 2012 NFL regular season is about to begin, and it promises to be another exciting, competitive, and unpredictable year of football which NFL fans have come to expect every season. Part of our responsibility in helping teams and players prepare for...