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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.

6 Person Mechanics Training


Message from the NJFOA-North Executive Committee:

As you are probably aware, the Association is now converting to six official crews.  For the past two years several crews were trained and worked six official games in a few of the conferences we serve. This past season, the NJSIAA used six officials on the tournament finals. In 2014, they plan on using six officials for all rounds of the tournament.  It is anticipated that in the 2014 season the majority of games will be six official assignments as more conferences move in that direction. Some conferences have already agreed to use six officials on all games. With these factors in mind, it is imperative that the Association begin the training process for all members of the Northern Chapter. We need to make sure that all members are familiar with the six official crew concept and mechanics prior to the 2014 season beginning.

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NJFOA - North Member Scholarship Fund


NJFOA - North Member Scholarship Fund

The North Jersey Football Officials Association is pleased to announce the 7th annual 2014 offering of the NJFOA Member Scholarship Fund.  The Scholarship is intended to recognize graduating high school seniors or student’s currently enrolled in a four year college or university, for their academic and community achievements.

Through its Scholarship Committee, the North Jersey Football Officials Association will make scholarship awards of $500 each to the students.  Qualified scholarship candidates must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Must be a son/daughter, grandson/grand daughter of a member of the NJFOA – North Chapter
  • Must be graduating from high school or attending a college or university during the current (2013/2014) academic year;
  • Must be committed to pursuing higher education at the university, college, or community college level in the 2014-2015 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, academic achievement, and service to the community.

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“Targeting” Defined in High School Football in Effort to Reduce Risk of Injury


In an effort to reduce contact above the shoulders and lessen the risk of injury in high school football, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Football Rules Committee developed a definition for “targeting,” which will be penalized as illegal personal contact.

The definition of targeting and its related penalty were two of 10 rules changes approved by the rules committee at its January 24-26 meeting in Indianapolis. All rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

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Congratulations Cadets!


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Congratulations goes out to each of the incoming cadet class of 2013 who passed the NJSIAA football officials entrance exam in December.  We look forward to seeing each of you on the field as members of the NJFOA-North organization next year!

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