Football Officials Wanted

Football Officials Wanted


Do you love football and wish you could learn what takes to make that tough call. Do you have what it takes to be an NFL official?  It all starts by officiating at the High School level and working your way up the ranks.

The game of high school football is a great way for young adults to learn sportsmanship and teamwork. The high school football referee is an integral manager of this growth on the field. Besides the rewarding influence on young adults, it is a great way to stay in shape and make money while doing so.

Female OfficialsIf you are a female and thought this was just a man’s game; then you are mistaken. More female officials hit the field at the NCAA and NFL level than ever before.  When asked "Will there be women officiating in the NFL? NFL's director of officiating David Coleman replied “Yes, there will be, because we're committed to having the best officials," Coleman said. "We're committed to having excellence in officiating at all levels. We're looking for the best officials. When we have women, just like when we have men who are in that group, they will go in that (development) program.…To get to the NFL as an official, you have to be in that group," he said. "That's our talent pool to come on the field when vacancies exist… "


 GOAA is a well-respected football officiating association that has ties to the SEC, ACC, So Conference, SIAC and many other NCAA conferences as well as the NFL.

We are currently getting ready for our 2024 season and seeking interested individuals.

Your journey starts by contacting a GOAA representative to get more information.

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GHSA On-Line Rules Clinic & Exam for 2023-2024

The online rules clinic for Football is scheduled for July 29 – Aug 18, 2023.

The online rules clinic for Flag Football is scheduled for Sept 12 – Oct 2, 2023.

In order to receive credit for GHSA online rules clinics, you must navigate to, and register on this site. This registration is a one-time process - available clinics can be viewed once this is completed. Once you complete a clinic, you will be able to verify that you have received credit and be able to download a certificate showing clinic completion.

The On-Line Rules Exam dates for Football are Aug 3 – Aug 18, 2023.

The On-Line Rules Exam dates for Flag Football are Sept 17 – Oct 2, 2023.

The site for the exam is:

You will login to the exam site using your last name and the last five (5) digits of your Social Security Number. GHSA is using the information given to them by our association secretary, so if you have problems logging into the site, please ask your secretary how your name and last five (5) digits were given to us for registration. Only currently registered officials will be able to take the test.

Please try to take the test as early in the time frame as possible. If you attempt to take the test near the deadline, you must start the test with enough time to finish before midnight on the examination deadline. After the deadline has passed, you will be unable to answer any further questions and the test will be scored at that point.

Warning - You cannot log out of the testing system and then log back in later in order to try to suspend the test timer - the timer does not stop during that time. Please ensure that you have enough time to complete the test before starting.

Revised Intentional Grounding, Chop Block Rules

Revised Intentional Grounding, Chop Block Rules
2022 High School Football Rules Changes

By NFHS on February 17, 2022

A new rules exception that allows a passer to intentionally throw an incomplete forward pass for the purpose of conserving yardage, and the redefining of the term “chop block” – both of which are intended to minimize risk of injury – are the two most notable rules changes coming to high school football for the 2022 season.

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