The San Diego County Football Officials Association (SDCFOA) provides certified football officials for CIF High School, Pop Warner, AYF and flag football throughout San Diego County.

The purpose of the Association shall be to:

  • Provide quality football officiating service.

  • Maintain and strive to improve the service through an education and training program.

  • Promote fair play and sportsmanship among people involved in football contests.

  • Encourage good fellowship among members of the Association and others interested in football.


The mission of the San Diego County Football Officials Association is as follows:

  • To maintain the highest standards of football officiating,

  • To provide the means for a correct and consistent interpretation of the football rules,

  • To develop the most effective and efficient mechanics and football philosophies,

  • To develop new football officials at the Youth and High School level, then educate and mentor them with the highest standards of ethics,

  • To promote close professional relationships among our members,

  • To secure cooperation and understanding throughout the entire interscholastic community to include: (inter-scholastic and youth football athletic officers, sportswriters, coaches, players, and officials),

  • To further the interests of football by fostering the spirit of sportsmanship and fair play.

We are also a source to cultivate and maintain relationships within the global community by sponsoring and contributing to youth football fund, scholarship fund and other community involvement.

The President Message 

Greetings! I am honored to serve as the President of the San Diego County Football Officials Association for the 2024 Season. I want to acknowledge the leadership provided by Matt Starr, in negotiating a more acceptable contract with CIF, and the last year’s officers and board in leading this organization during a challenging period.

I am very grateful to my predecessors for their dedication, and look forward to working with the board, our officers and membership so that SDCFOA will continue to be a leader and get the respect we all deserve in the Football High School Association community. 

Our priority continues to be retention and recruitment to ensure the best possible officials on the field for our athletes in San Diego County.  To maintain this standard, we will continue to provide classroom instruction, on-field training, mentoring, and evaluation to prepare our members for all levels of play.  We should all take pride that some of our members move onto the ranks of state finals, college and even the NFL.

Beyond the extra money and love for the game, it has been the friendships gained that have been the most gratifying. I look forward to representing all of you.  Best wishes for a Happy New Year and a successful 2024 Season!

Bob Flavin

SDCFOA Supports Worthy Causes

The SDCFOA is a source to cultivate and maintain relationships within the global community by sponsoring and contributing to youth football fund, scholarship fund and other community involvement.

The Fund has provided financial assistance to players, coaches and officials that did not have sufficient health insurance coverage to protect them in their time of need. In most cases, the injury was so serious that the primary health insurance did not provide coverage for items such as crutches, wheelchairs, physical therapy rehabilitation, and transportation.

Annually, the FUND will award the “George A. Schutte Memorial Scholarship” and other “Kickoff” scholarships to deserving high school senior football players that have been nominated by his/her coach having demonstrated that the individual has attained a high degree of academic, athletic, community and leadership abilities. 

Since 1998, the Fund and the San Diego County Football Officials have provided thousands of dollars in financial assistance to numerous players, coaches, and officials. The Fund awards grants based upon financial need as our funding permits. Every football season, the financial needs of the youth football community out-pace our available funding.

SDCFOA supports the Battlefields to Ballfields mission. We had 12 officials sign up to work football last year through this remarkable organization.

The Foundation will provide scholarships to veterans who return from defending our country with an opportunity to get integrated back into their community through officiating.

Those who have been involved in officiating already have felt the joy of stepping out onto the field. With it comes a great sense of value that leaves one with a feeling of accomplishment.  

In serving in the military, and in officiating, there’s the common bond of being a member of a team and creating order out of chaos. Battlefields to Ballfields will provide these veterans with an opportunity to hone their newfound officiating skills and participate in something that will give them a new sense of self-worth along with the ability to make some extra income.