Welcome to the web home of the North Jersey Chapter of the New Jersey Football Officials Association

Mission Statement:

The North Jersey Chapter, established in 1938, has a stated purpose to:

  • Promote the welfare of the American game of football, its players and officials.
  • Improve the standard of officiating.
  • Train and properly qualify capable and competent officials.
  • Encourage the spirit of fair play and sportsmanship.
  • Cooperate with the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association and its member schools.

Our 400+ members are dedicated to the game of football. We participte in year-round training, utilizing the latest in technology, to continually improve our skills.

Voluntary Mechanics and Training Video Meeting

In conjunction with the Mechanics and Interpretation Committees, there will be a video presentation on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 7:00 PM at Passaic County Technical Institute, covering officiating mechanics and case play reviews. Offering the opportunity to get a head start on the season for our membership, this mechanics-only program will address new 6 man mechanic changes and viewing / discussion of Hudl videos (created by our committees for training purposes), from 2015 New Jersey playoff and regular season games.

While this meeting is voluntary and has no mandatory sign-in requirements - we encourage at least one member of each crew to try to attend this meeting, as there have been some minor changes recently made to the manual and this will be the only meeting covering these changes before the end of August.

At the end of the presentation, a copy of the updated manual will be available on our web site to viewing and / or downloading.

The video presentation agenda is as follows:

1. Targeting and Defenseless Players
2. Philosophy
3. Reverse Mechanics

During each presentation, there will be an opportunity for Q & A in a very relaxed atmosphere.

We hope to see you there!

North Jersey Football Officials Association Scholarship Fund

The North Jersey Football Officials Association is pleased to announce the 9th annual 2016 offering of the NJFOA Scholarship Fund.  The Scholarship is intended to recognize graduating high school seniors for their ongoing participation in football and for their academic and community achievements.
The North Jersey Football Officials Association, through its Scholarship Committee, will make scholarship awards of $500 each to graduation scholar-athletes.  Qualified scholarship candidates must satisfy the following criteria:
  • Must be graduating from high school during the current (2015-2016) academic year;
  • Must have played football for their high school through their senior year
  • Must be committed to pursuing higher education at the university, college, or community college level in the 2015-2016 academic year.

The scholarships will be awarded to those candidates who, in the judgment of the Committee, best demonstrate the qualities of commitment to excellence, devotion to football, academic achievement and service to the community.

In awarding the scholarships, financial need will not be a consideration. However, payment of scholarship is subject to proof of enrollment. A personal interview may be required of applicants.

Applications must be submitted to:

Jim Conte

179 Arlington Avenue

Hawthorne, NJ 07506
The deadline for submissions is May 29, 2016.

Elimination of Clipping in Free-Blocking Zone Continues Risk Minimization in High School Football

The elimination of clipping from high school football is the latest attempt to reduce the risk of injury made by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Football Rules Committee.

The decision to eliminate clipping in the free-blocking zone (Rule 2-17-3) was the most significant of three rules changes recommended by the NFHS Football Rules Committee at its January 22-24 meeting in Indianapolis. All rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

NJFOA-North Annual Golf Outing


NJFOA - North
19th Annual John A. Pasquale III Scholarship Fund
Golf Outing
Farmstead Country Club
Lafayette, NJ

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Golf •  Goodie Bag  • Prizes

Individual Golfer Fee - $130
Package includes Green Fees, Cart, Lunch, Dinner, Prizes
... plus much much more!


11:45 AM -- Registration and Lunch
1:30 PM -- Modified Shotgun (time approximate)
6:30 PM -- Hors D'oeuvres and Buffet Dinner

To attend (or become a sponsor), fill out the attached registration form (PDF) and send check made out to NJFOA-North to Jim Conte at the address in the document.