Prospective Officials


I’m interested in officiating football for the WDFOA. How do I join?

Please complete our application and send it back to the address provided on the form. Applications can also be submitted at the training sessions we provide for new officials.


Do I need previous experience as a football official?

Previous officiating experience of any kind is certainly helpful, but not required. We provide a comprehensive training course for new officials that details the rules and mechanics of high school football officiating. Training sessions for new officials typically start at the beginning of July.


What are the categories of membership?

Probationary Member – New officials. First year officials are labeled P-1, second year officials are labeled P-2, third year officials are labeled P-3, and so on until the requirements to become a Regular Member are met.

Associate Member – An experienced official who has recent verifiable experience with another football officiating organization at the high school level or higher. First year Associate Members are labeled A-1, second year Associate Members are labeled A-2, and so on until the requirements to become a Regular Member are met.

Limited Member – An official who chooses to work solely as a clock operator or as part of a chain crew. Limited members are ineligible to receive on-field officiating assignments.

Regular Member – An official who has served as an Associate or Probationary Member and has satisfied the requirements listed below:

  • Score at least a 75 on the NFHS Rules Exam.
  • Probationary Members must have worked at least 35 rated/evaluated games over a minimum of two seasons.
  • Associate Members must have worked at least 10 rated/evaluated games over a minimum of one season.

Once both requirements are met, consideration for Regular Membership will take place at the conclusion of the season. Advancement to Regular Membership, however, is not automatic upon fulfilling the above requirements. The current Regular Members of the WDFOA vote on each potential candidate based on their demeanor, reliability, rules knowledge, and on-field officiating skill. A majority vote is needed to become a Regular Member.