Latest Info: Happy New Year and welcome to 2019! We are planning several off-season events, so stay tuned. Dive into those rule books and refine your football rules knowledge for next season!
  • Home


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.

Congratulations to the 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP OFFICIALS

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!

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.  In 2018, DFOA secured a stand next door to that nacho stand which has historically had a higher fundraising potential and proved it yet again for our association.

A big thanks to John Juranek, Christopher Hopkins and Steve Burns for stepping up and leading this fundraising opportunity.

As soon as the 2019 Broncos schedule is released we will start organizing the volunteer sign-up web pages. Please be prepared to help as you can in the fall!

With the DFOA's association with Centerplate (the organizing entity for the all of the Broncos concessions) there might be some special event volunteer opportunities in the spring and summer as well. Stay tuned, John Juranek will be examining the details for the off-season fundraising opportunities.

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.


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!

Important Upcoming Dates/Deadlines
  • Enjoy the offseason.  Stay in shape.  Attend rule study sessions and any camps you can.

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!

Want to Receive News & Updates?

Good news!  We will be posting news and other site updates in the newly created News & Updates blog.  You can find the postings using the menu on the left.  Additionally, if you use an RSS reader, you can choose to have these updates included in your news feed.  Clicking on the RSS icon on the News & Updates blog will take you to an XML feed, and you can copy the URL into your favorite news reader.

© Denver Football Officials Association
Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software