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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.

2017 CFOA Hall of Fame Banquet

The 2017 CFOA Hall of Fame Banquet will be held on Saturday, Dec 9.  Meet and greet starts at 11:30am, with the luncheon and ceremony beginning at 12:30pm.  It will be held in the Kent Denver High School Dining Hall (as in past years).  This year, Dave Bowman, Tom Robinson, and Valera Valerio will be inducted from the Denver Area.

For details and to sign up, see the CFOA Hall of Fame Banquet Invitation.

2017 Playoffs

Officials working games in the 2017 Playoffs can be seen on the 2017 Playoffs page.

Gold Official Nomination Updates

Officials nominated for "Gold" status (IE, to work finals and semifinals in 2017) have been posted.  See the 2017 Gold Official Nominations page for details, as well as for questions and answers that members of the association have had regarding what this means.

The Gold Officials selected to work finals/semi-finals have also been chosen from among the nominees, and are shown on the nominations page above.

Important Upcoming Dates/Deadlines

  • Fri, Dec 1 - CFOA/CHSAA Dues (first deadline)
  • Sat, Dec 2 - 4A/5A Championships @ Mile High
  • Sat, Dec 2 - 3A Championship @ AFA Stadium in Colorado Springs
  • Sat, Dec 9 - CFOA Hall of Fame Banquet

Interested in Officiating High School Football?

If you are interested in becoming a high school football official, please contact Jon Schappacher ( The Denver Football Officials Association recruits, trains and tests high school football officials each preseason. 

Area Director Applications

Two new Area Directors will be elected during the 2017 season, to take office beginning January 1, 2018.  Any interested person should fill out an Area Director Candidate Information Sheet and return it to Scott Lewis via email no later than August 31, 2017.  Speeches will be given during the September 12 meeting, and voting will open immediately after that.

CFOA Mechanics Manual

The CFOA Mechanics Manual and amendments can be found in Arbiter:

  • Log into Arbiter
  • Switch to the CHSAA-Fb view (104520)
  • Click on "Lists" in the dark blue bar beneath the ArbiterOne banner
  • Click on "Forms" in the grey bar beneath the dark blue bar.
  • Look for the "Mechanics Manual" and "Mechanics Manual Amendments" links in the list.

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.

New Officials Classes

We have setup the New Officials Classes for 2017!  If you know friend, neighbor, coworker, etc that has an interest in what we do, get them started. Or, if you happen to be a visitor to our website, you obviously have some interest in officiating. Click here to view more information on these classes.

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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