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Becoming an Official

For information regarding Officiating Development—including information on scouting, programs for advanced officials and Football Officiating Academies—please visit our NFL Operations - Officiating Development page.

 Here are the basic requirements necessary to qualify as an official in the National Football League:

  • We expect our candidates to have a minimum of 10 years of experience in officiating football, at least five of which have been on a varsity collegiate or other minor professional level.
  • Our candidates must be in excellent physical condition and belong to an accredited football officials association or have previous experience in football as a player or coach.
  • Each applicant is requested to furnish us with a detailed copy of his or her your collegiate officiating schedule for the past three seasons, listing dates, schools, location of games, and positions worked.

If you meet all of the above requirements, please submit all the requested information to:

NFL Officiating
345 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10017

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