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From the Desk of President Bob Collins

Updated: Apr 16

If you have a passion for the game of football and would like to get involved or continue to be involved with this great game, we would like to extend an invitation to join the Northern Delaware Football Officials Association (NDFOA). Our association is one of the finest in the country and has produced officials for the NFL and major college conferences throughout the country.


We begin our General Membership Meetings in August. New official classes run twice a year in February and April where you will receive training and instruction from some senior members of the association. These dedicated officials will teach you at a pace you can easily understand. When your games start you will be assigned with experienced officials who will enhance your training experience. You will learn the fundamentals of officiating and will have the chance to progress at your own pace. We have many dedicated officials, who have varying years of experience, who are eager to share those experiences with you. Each week you will have the opportunity to discuss your games with the instructors and your fellow first year officials.


Our association provides officials for various youth football organizations as well as all the high schools throughout New Castle County Delaware and Cecil County Maryland. The thrill of “Friday Night Lights” and “Monday Night Lights” for sub-varsity high school games is a feeling that is difficult to put into words. You will be given the opportunity to work with the crew as a chain crew member on varsity level games and work on the field with senior officials on sub varsity games. You are welcome to join in on the pre and post game discussions. These are excellent tools to help you in enhancing your own officiating skills and to get you to the varsity field as quickly as possible.


Some of our members are NCAA certified and work various college games, from the Community College level all the way up to the Division 1. We hope that you decide to join us and share our passion for this great game of football.​


Looking forward to meeting you.​


Bob Collins, President NDFOA


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