Are you Professional?
A Football Official must act in a positive and professional manner while working in a position of authority. They are role models both on and off the field and must use the responsibility of authority wisely.
Are you Confident?
A Football Official must be confident, fair and calm. Confidence is gained by a continuous study of both the rules and the mechanics of the game. Above all, the official must be willing to accept criticism in a constructive and positive manner, regardless of the source, for the sole purpose of improving their game.
Are you Humble?
A Football Official must encourage sportsmanship, oversee the safety of a game, and make spilt-second decisions under stress. All this must be executed without occupying center stage.
Are you Fit?
A Football Official must be physically fit! Quick reaction and speed are essential, as well as, excellent eyesight. There is little chance for rest while officiating a football game and the referee must be prepared to endure hours of standing and running. The physical demands grow stronger as the age and competitiveness of the players increase.
If you are interested in, or would like more information about becoming a football official, please fill out the form below and someone from our Association will get in touch with you with more information.
All first year officials are required to take a Level I clinic, which cover all the material you need to get on the field. Dates for these clinics will be announced later, but usually occur in the spring and fall. A copy of the Level I Manual can be found here.
The National Canadian Football Officials Association has also put out a series of YouTube videos that virtually cover the Level I clinic. There are four sessions about an hour long each, and can be found at the links below:
– Part 1
– Part 2
– Part 3
– Part 4