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.

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2017 Dues Notice

As a reminder - membership dues for the 2017 season (active member - $130.00, inactive member - $35, retired-on-list - $18) are to be paid in full by no later than November 1st. Failure to pay dues by this date will result in the following late charge penalties:

Active Members
Paid between November 1 and December 1 - $130 + $50 Late Fee ($180)
Paid between December 2 and December 31 - $130 + $75 Late Fee ($205)
Inactive Members
Paid between November 1 and December 1 - $35 + $50 Late Fee ($85)
Paid between December 2 and December 31 - $35 + $75 Late Fee ($110)
Retired - On-List
Paid between November 1 and December 1 - $18 + $50 Late Fee ($68)
Paid between December 2 and December 31 - $18 + $75 Late Fee ($93)


Click the PDF link below to download the application to submit along with your check.

The Guardian Football Helmet Cap


Please see the most recent memo below from NJSIAA officials pertaining to The Guardian Football Helmet Cap and its on-field legality. Please refer any questions pertaining this memo to Carmine Picardo:

To: All Athletic Directors, Football Officials, Football Coaches, and Athletic Assistants
From: Jack Dubois (NJSIAA Assistant Director), Carmine Picardo (NJSIAA State Football Assigner) and Bill Surdovel (NJSIAA Rules Interpreter)
Re: The Guardian Football Helmet Cap

It has come to our attention that there may be some confusion as to the legality of The Guardian Football Helmet Cap. This note is to clarify its legality and use during the 2016 season.

  • The Guardian Cap is a piece of legal equipment and can be worn by any number of players (one or the entire team).
  • Caps may be of any color except the color of the football.
  • Teams are not required to have matching cap colors, but it was recommended that teams purchase the same color.
  • Opponents may have the same or different colored caps.

A link to the manufacturer’s website is below, should you need further information regarding this piece of player equipment:


Any questions, feel free to contact one of us.

President's Message - July 2016

While everyone is hopefully enjoying the warm summer weather, the 2016 High School football season is almost here!


Now that July has arrived - all association members are required to update their concussion certifications. Please note that you CANNOT work any scrimmages or regular season games without a valid completed concussion certificate turned in.

The link to the concussion course on NFHSLearn.com is here:  http://nfhslearn.com/courses/61037.

Registration and login is required on there before you are able to watch the videos and take the test for certification.

Once completed, all officials should send a copy of the PDF certificate to Ira Yorn via e-mail at iyorn@hotmail.com.


As a reminder - ALL VARSITY games beginning this upcoming season are required to be officiated wearing the sublimated 2 1/4 inch shirts, both for short and long sleeves.

The official hat to be worn remains the same; all hats must have the NJFOA logo (patched or embroidered) on front. Referee wears the white version, while the remainder of the crew wears the standard black hat with white piping.

All crew members are expected to be in compliance.


Please check the NJFOA-North website for the mandatory NJSIAA Rules Interpretation Meeting dates and locations. The meeting scheduled for our geographic area will be held at 7:00 PM on Thursday, August 25, 2016 at Passaic County Technical Institute in Wayne, NJ.




Lastly - if you are a free agent official, or are a crew looking to add or use a fill-in, make sure to visit the forum on our website (login required) to post your availability and/or needs to the general membership.


Yours in football,

Rich DeLorenzo  7/20/16