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We are part of the Colorado Football Officials Association (CFOA) and Colorado's largest football officials' association with over 200 members. Our members officiate high school (varsity, junior varsity, and freshman) football primarily in the Denver metro area as well as high schools in the mountains and on the plains of Colorado.

Interested in Officiating High School Football?

If you are interested in becoming a high school football official, please click HERE to find out more information on getting started.


The following DFOA officials were selected to work championship games for 2018
5A - Jim Zehner (HL), Hank Cary (LJ), Jeff Penney (BJ)
4A - Patrick Mulstay (HL), Keith Clements (LJ)
3A - Mike Kelley (R), Kirk Russell (U)
2A - Jeremy Finn (LJ)
6-Man - Frank LaMantia (BJ)

Also, congrats to all those who worked semi-final games, as well as all those who were selected to work playoff games throughout the state!

2018 Hall Of Fame Banquet Registration - NOW OPEN!

Registration is now open for the 2018 CFOA Hall of Fame Banquet.  This is a wonderful event to socialize with fellow officials and honor those that achieved so much within the officiating community.

2018 CFOA Hall of Fame Inductees

Rusty Johnson - Alamosa
Rendall Wright - Monte Vista
Arlo Robb - Cortez
Jack Dowds - Colorado Springs
Ray Lutz - Colorado Springs
Tom Robinson - Denver

The event will be held, Saturday, December 8th, 2018 at the Kent Denver High School Dining Hall, 4000 E Quincy Ave.  Meet and greet begins at 11:30am with the luncheon and ceremony starting at 12:30pm.  Registration is $30/per person, guests welcome!

==> REGISTER HERE for the HOF Banquet <==

Award Presentations

Two awards were handed out at the October 17, 2018 area meeting.

John Pounder, former football coach of Hinkley High School, was presented with the Ben Gregory award.
Karl Kramer was presented with the Terry Schiessler / Stu Bader Award.
For more information on these awards, click here.

Congratulations to both Coach Pounder and to Karl.

DFOA Denver Broncos Concessions Letter

DFOA Members,

We had another exciting Sunday at Mile High on Oct. 14th. The weather was perfect, the stand was warm and people were excited.

The DFOA along with Conifer Football put on another quality performance. I am not sure how much hot chocolate we sold but it was a lot. Steve Burns was whisking powder all day.

I want to thank Christopher and Steve for a great day, Steve managed that stand like a professional, Christopher did a great job counting the bean money and I cooked all day along with Dave from Conifer Football.

The staff from DFOA was spot on. I want to thank Jeremy for working the portable beer stand, it was cold and he was solid all day.

Thank you gentlemen for all your support in what has turned out to be a real success for DFOA and Conifer Football.


John E. Juranek Jr.
(With: Christopher Hopkins, Steve Burns & Chris Stearns)


We have added a post showing the CBS News interview with Joel Pogar regarding the shortage of officials in high school sports. It is a great piece. Check it out! DFOA on Facebook!

DFOA Fundraising at the Denver Broncos Games
For those unfamiliar with the Denver Broncos fundraising, DFOA operates a stand at the Denver Broncos games.  This has been a major fundraising opportunity for our association.  In 2017, DFOA operated a Nacho stand on the fifth level concourse.  For 2018, DFOA has secured a stand next door to that nacho stand which has historically had a higher fundraising potential.  This is great and we thank John Juranek and Christopher Hopkins for stepping up and leading this fundraising opportunity.  Volunteers are needed for each game during the season.  Please see the list of game dates below and sign up to volunteer!

Important Upcoming Dates/Deadlines
  • Saturday, November 24 - State Championship Games for A6, A8, 1A & 2A Classifications
  • Saturday, December 1 - State Championship Games for 3A, 4A & 5A Classifications
  • Saturday, December 8 - CFOA Hall of Fame Induction Banquet

CFOA Mechanics Manual

All officials should have received a new copy of the CFOA Mechanics Manual.  At this time there is no "soft copy" version of the manual.

Ben Gregory Award

The Ben Gregory award is given to a retired football coach in the metro area. This award is given to a coach who was a great facilitator of sportsmanship towards opponents as well as officials.  The 2017 recipient, Steve Finesilver (George Washington), was recognized at the DFOA Area Meeting on Tuesday October 17.  You can view past years' recipients on the Ben Gregory Award Recipients page.

CFOA Game Reports

It is required that a game report be submitted after EVERY Varsity contest, even if there were no major incidents that occurred.  When entering the report, make sure to fill out the comments section as well, especially if there are any problems.  Be descriptive in your comments so that CHSAA can notify the schools and try and correct the issue.  "Bad clock operator" is not as helpful as "clock operator was consistently slow in starting and stopping the clock", for example.

You can access the Game Report form online here:  CFOA Game Report.

If you have an ejection during a sub-varsity contest, that must also be reported to CHSAA.  Do not contact the schools directly in these reports.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per request from CHSAA, these reports should be filled out by the Referee directly!

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