Becoming An Official

Why Become a Football Official? The two biggest reasons:  It’s fun and we need people like you! If you are reading this you love football and are interested in contributing to maintaining the integrity of the game. When you join the East Tuscarawas Football Officials Association (TFOA)  you will meet and work with a great group of officials – some of whom will become new and even life-long friends.  You will also be contributing to your own personal growth.  It is a unique avocation that can take you as far as you want to go.  The more you put into it, the more you will get out of it.  Plus, it helps keep you active and in shape, you will earn a little extra money and best of all… will have the best seat in the house at every game!

The New Officials Training will begin April 7, 2017 and run through the end of May. It will be held every Monday and Wednesday from 7 to 9 PM at Buckeye Career Center in New Philadelphia. Class II Testing will be held at the conclusion of the course so participants are licensed and ready to work when the season opens.  

To register for the class click here: TFOA Officials Training Registration 2017 Spring


There is a time commitment required.  In order to get games, you will need to attend state and local meetings. These meetings will give you better knowledge of rules, enforcement, officiating mechanics and game management.

And, of course, there are the game commitments:  In order to be a high school football official you will need to be available on Friday nights, as well as some Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday afternoons and evenings.


Non-varsity games pay around $35 and varsity games pay around $60 (league fees can vary +/-).   Officials can be assigned as many as 30+ games per season, depending on your availability to work games.