We provide a comprehensive training program that gets you from ZERO to ONFIELD in 6 weeks! Our association has produced refs in the NFL and Pac-12, as well as NCAA Division II, and III.
We hold meetings weekly to ensure you are following correct techniques. Monday nights from 6:00-8:30 starting mid-July and continuing through the end of October.
Primarily Thursday and Friday afternoon kickoffs at 3:30 or 4:00. Some evening games. Youth games on Saturdays. Need to be onsite 10-15 minutes prior to kickoff.
Attend Friday night Varsity games to observe the officials and participate in pregame and halftime discussions.
We meet at local restaurants Friday nights after Varsity games to tell war stories and watch the highlight reels on the news.
Life is too short to not have some fun. We do this because we love the game we referee, and enjoy doing it with the team we are on.
After yelling at referees for years when watching my kids play football I never thought I would join the team. It is one of the best things I have done. You meet amazing people and have a blast participating in the sport that we all love.
My first two years of officiating have been amazing. I chose to officiate football because I have always wanted to work in the sports field, but was never meant to be a professional athlete or coach; and I hated the idea of working in media or sports medicine. I enjoy the camaraderie that is found with my fellow officials in SFOA. I have not found one person who is unapproachable and unwilling to bounce questions off of. I plan to continue working for SFOA, with the goal of ultimately officiating college football in the future.
After the first couple of games I felt I had become apart of a bigger family and developed relationships with fellow officials who shared my same passion. Being an official allowed me the opportunity to learn the game from a whole new level, and develop a new found respect for football that I did not have before. As a guardian of the game I feel as though I am someone whom people can look up to and admire for being in the trenches with the athletes.