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Youth and high school football officials protect the integrity of the games our kids love to play. By demonstrating honesty, objectivity, consistency, courage, and common sense, officials can teach kids lessons that will benefit them for a lifetime.


Many states are looking for more high school football officials.

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The officials are an integral part of high school sports — without whom, games would not be possible.

Many states are looking for more high school officials, so there is ample opportunity to make an impact right away.

As an official, you can contribute to your local community, stay connected to the sports you love, and be a positive influence on young athletes. Officials help athletes learn to respect their opponents, understand the rules of the game, and practice good sportsmanship. And the objectivity and integrity that high school officials display is an example that every young person needs to observe firsthand.

Consider the many benefits of becoming a high school official:

  • You’ll be a role model for the youth in your community.
  • It’s a great way to stay in good physical condition.
  • Hours are flexible.
  • You’ll earn extra income.
  • You’ll expand your network of friends and have fun.

The NFL and the NFHS have partnered to promote high school officiating because high school sports need dedicated officials so it can prosper for years to come.

NFL officials discuss the importance of high school football officiating and the experience they gained officiating high school games.

High School Officiating Crew of the Month

As part of the ongoing partnership between the NFL and NFHS, seven NFL clubs will pilot a new initiative to recognize high school football officials during the 2023 football season.

The participating clubs will work with surrounding NFHS member state high school associations to fulfill the initiative’s mission.

The seven NFL clubs participating in this initiative, in partnership with their state football associations, are:

  • Atlanta Falcons (Alabama/Georgia)
  • Buffalo Bills (New York)
  • Cincinnati Bengals (Ohio)
  • Cleveland Browns (Ohio)
  • Las Vegas Raiders (Nevada/Utah)
  • New York Giants (New York)
  • New York Jets (New Jersey)

In affiliation with respective state associations, the participating NFL clubs will recognize youth and high school officials across their states in the months of September, October, and November. Officiating crews from the participating markets will be selected as a Crew of the Month.

Recipients will be highlighted for their demonstration of objectivity, fairness in rules implementation and commitment as high school football officials.

In association with Nike, crews will receive apparel and uniform items to keep them outfitted on the field. And the winners will be recognized on NFL Play Football social channels and on the Play Football website.

At the conclusion of the season, all selections during the year will be compiled and sent to the NFL to determine the overall Crew of the Year. This will be the crew that displayed the epitome of honesty, objectivity, and commitment to high school football.

Congratulations to the NFL-NFHS Officiating Crews of the Month for October 2023.

  • Anthony Muhammad, Referee, Helena, AL
  • Brandon Bell, Umpire, Decatur, AL
  • Cedric McKeithen, Head Linesman, Montgomery, AL
  • Van Phillips, Jr, Line Judge, Hoover, LA
  • Todd Garrison, Side Judge, Lincoln, AL
  • Julius Peterson, Field Judge, Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Jacob Hawkins, Back Judge, Midland City, AL
  • Jody Gonzales, Rome, GA
  • Trevor Gonzales, Rome, GA
  • Tyler Gonzales, Rome, GA
  • Alan Arevalo, Woodstock GA
  • Austin Schriver, Senoia, GA
  • Scott Richey, Rome, GA
  • Darrell Johnson, Rome, GA
  • Eric Ruffin, Referee
  • Dex High, Umpire
  • Richard Turner, Head Linesman
  • Alan Hennig, Line Judge
  • Stan Ward, Back Judge
  • Randy Crawford, Field Judge
  • Barry Hicks, Side Judge
  • Sean Kroeper, Referee, Middletown, NJ
  • Mike Azzarello, Umpire, Freehold, NJ
  • Joe Piserchia, Head Linesman, Forked River, NJ
  • Rich Collins, Line Judge, Hazlet, NJ
  • Anthony Carrington, Field Judge, Toms River, NJ
  • Al Maresca, Side Judge, Middletown, NJ
  • Matthew Kleiner, Referee, Monroe, OH
  • Marvin Doyle, Umpire, Lawrenceburg, IN
  • Jeff Gorsuch, Head Linesman, Lebanon, OH
  • Andy Douglas, Line Judge, Mason, OH
  • Jason Arthur, Back Judge, Maineville, OH

October Crews of the Month

New Jersey October

New Jersey

Alabama October


Georgia October


Nevada October 3X2


Ohio October


Recognizing High School Officials

Recruitment and Training Opportunities

NFL clubs will work in conjunction with state associations to serve as a host location for a state officials association meeting and recruitment event. The NFL will provide speakers and clinicians from the officiating space to help train, educate, and mentor officials at the high school level and prospective officials who attend these educational and recruitment meetings. Along with education, these meetings will serve as an opportunity for individuals interested in becoming an official to meet those involved in officiating in their community, learn more about officiating roles, the scope of work involved and to connect prospects with current officials in their areas.

Under the Lights 

To understand the officials outside their on-the-field roles, “Under the Lights” will provide a glimpse into the life of a current high school official. State associations will select an official who demonstrates a commitment to their work, local community, and their families. The selected officials will share their experiences in youth and high school officiating, while being recognized in the community.





“We appreciate the NFL and their clubs taking such an interest in high school officials and being such willing partners in developing an initiative that benefits football officials at the grassroots level.”


Karissa Niehoff
NFHS Chief Executive Officer

Pathway to the Pros

Of the thousands of football officials nationwide, only 121 currently officiate in the NFL.

To ensure they always have the most qualified officials prepared to join the NFL, scouts across the country evaluate officials at all levels of football to identify potential NFL officials. The league then uses this prospect pool to develop and choose their next officials.

Learn more about officiating at the NFL level: 

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