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.


Volunteer officials are needed in high demand at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford for the 9th Annual Snow Bowl Flag Football tournament between March 6th and March 8th, which is held each year to raise money for the Special Olympics of New Jersey.

Thanks to volunteer efforts from people like you, this tournament has been able to grow and expand every year! Fundraising last year reached about $499K, and with continued help from our chapter's officials, we hope to reach $600K this year!!!!!

There will be games scheduled for late afternoon this year again, due to continued demand and the waiting list of teams that grows each year.  The Special Olympics of New Jersey continues to be thrilled with all of our volunteer efforts for their tournament, and gratuitously appreciates our work more and more each year!

Please consider donating your time to this event, as not only is it a great time for a great cause, but you get to work inside of a professional stadium with plenty of other officials from all over NJ, NY, CT and PA who all donate their time to this event.

Make sure you're not left out - to sign up and/or to obtain more information other than what can be found below, please contact Chris Malkin via e-mail at cmalkin12@gmail.com, or by SMS text message at 973-997-2637.





Join Us

Join Us

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you have a true passion for football?
  • When watching college and professional football, do you find yourself breaking down referee calls on the field?
  • Do you watch the referees and their positioning more than the players when watching football games in person?
  • Are you able to watch a game objectively without rooting interests?
  • Are you committed to do whatever it takes to become a football referee and help make a difference in New Jersey high school football officiating?

If you answered YES to all of these questions - you obviously came here for a reason, and that is to become a proud future member of the NJFOA-North.

To join our organization, you must be able to meet the 100% of requirements set forth in the cadet application document.

If you strongly believe you're more than capable of meeting the requirements, fill out the form and send it along with a check for your application fee of $175.00 made payable to "NJFOA-NORTHERN CHAPTER" and a photocopy of your driver's license (must be over 18 and a resident of New Jersey) by March 21, 2015 to:

Frank Valenzano
4 Vine Street
Fairfield, NJ 07004-1328

Classes start March 24, 2015 and space is limited, so do not delay!   If you have any questions, you may contact our Cadet Chairperson Frank Valenzano at (973) 227-0490 for more information.

Why Courts Should Not Overturn a Referee’s Call

© Alan Goldberger 2014 All Legal Rights Reserved

A recent lawsuit arising out of a high school football game in Oklahoma seeks court intervention to reverse an official’s call which incorrectly applied a playing rule. The school involved has asked a judge to order the game, or a portion of the game replayed.


Group E-Mails

It has recently come to my attention that some members of our association are not receiving the group e-mails being sent out by Frank Migliaccio, Blaine Papaccio or Jerry Picazio via the group distribution mailbox.

If you (or anyone you happen to know of) are not receiving these, more than likely the messages are ending up in your Junk / Spam folders in your e-mail account. To ensure delivery of these messages, you should add the group e-mail address of njfoa-members@njfoa-north.org to your Safe Senders / Not Junk Mail filters on your account as soon as possible.