How to Become a Football Official

Here’s how to become a football referee or other kind of football official: Find out about the local football officials associations in your area. An officiating association is a group of football officials who meet periodically to discuss rules, mechanics and philosophy. They are a great way for new referees and judges to learn from veteran football officials.

Attend a football game in your area and ask the officials what association they belong to and whom to contact for information. The referee association will be a valuable pool of resources for training, obtaining games and getting to know the football officiating community.

Attend football association meetings. At those meetings, some held before the season starts, you can ask questions about rules, mechanics and positioning. Those sessions will be a foundation to get you started properly as a football referee, umpire, linesman or judge.