Becoming a Football Official
You may be only slightly aware of “those guys out there in stripes”, but they make up a group of men and women who truly love the game of football and want to be more deeply involved than just being a spectator. These “football officials” comprise over 250 individuals throughout San Diego County, businessmen, teachers, professionals, retired and active military, firemen, policemen, and more. They have come together to further their love and interest in the game.
Each official began their career in instructional classes and on field training with other beginners lead by seasoned and experience instructors. Each year thereafter further class participation and on field training they – have honed these skills in the rules and game mechanics. Many of our Association have advanced to major college and NFL assignments. We are truly proud of their accomplishments. However high we each may rise in the ranks of football officiating we all started and continue to work Saturday morning Pop Warner assignments. What’s more fun than watching a group of youngsters come together to accomplish a common goal or make the key block that allows his teammate to score?
Our Association, the San Diego County Football Officials Association (SDCFOA), is responsible for the assignment of football officials for virtually all football games played throughout the county, from Pop Warner to Community College. As our county continues to grow, with an increasing number of high schools and Pop Warner leagues and teams, we are constantly in need of dedicated men and women who are willing to become trained and qualified football officials.
We are hopeful that your involvement in football – at whatever level, past or present – might whet your appetite to a greater participation in the game. Toward this end we invite you to consider joining the San Diego County Football Officials Association and become active in football officiating. An immediate assignment to officiate the Super Bowl is certainly not in the cards, but we can guarantee a tremendous amount of fun and fellowship.