Welcome to the web home of the North Jersey Chapter of the New Jersey Football Officials Association

Mission Statement:

The North Jersey Chapter, established in 1938, has a stated purpose to:

  • Promote the welfare of the American game of football, its players and officials.
  • Improve the standard of officiating.
  • Train and properly qualify capable and competent officials.
  • Encourage the spirit of fair play and sportsmanship.
  • Cooperate with the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association and its member schools.

Our 400+ members are dedicated to the game of football. We participte in year-round training, utilizing the latest in technology, to continually improve our skills.

Football Players with Improper Equipment Will Be Removed for One Down

Players in high school football who are detected with missing or improperly worn equipment during playing action will be removed from the game for at least one down, unless the improper equipment is directly attributable to a foul by the opponent.

This revision in Rule 1-5-5 and other related rules was one of five rules changes for the 2018 season recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Football Rules Committee at its January 19-21 meeting in Indianapolis. All changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

Rule 1-5-5 also states that if the player is wearing otherwise legal equipment in an illegal manner, the participant must also be replaced for one down. If proper and legal equipment has become improperly worn through use during the game, and prompt repair does not delay the ready-for-play signal for more than 25 seconds, the repair can be made without replacing the player for one down.

In a related change (1-5-4), the head coach is responsible for verifying that all players are legally equipped and will not use illegal equipment. The penalty provisions for any use of illegal equipment remain unchanged and result in an unsportsmanlike foul charged to the head coach.

Volunteer Officials Needed for 12th Annual Special Olympics Snow Bowl


NJFOA-North members and Snow Bowl Officials Coordinators Chris Malkin and Eric Nellesen are again looking for a few good men and women to step up and officiate for a great cause on March 9th, 10th and 11th; see below for all relevant information and please reply directly to either of them with your availability for this great cause:

        DETAILS FOR VOLUNTEER FOOTBALL OFFICIALS:  Please read whole post:
        Please feel free to forward this email to any of your fellow football officials.
        1. Five games will be played on field at the same time (30 minute games).  Three officials minimum per each game but we usually use 6, the more the easier and less running & work for our officials. (working with your crew or others is your prerogative - feel free to make up a crew).
        2. Each day begins at 7am with games beginning at 8:00 AM sharp. Preliminary rounds & Championships will be scattered all along the day, so we will have intermittent breaks during the day. 

        3. Officials will have a private room for officials only, not open to others where you can change, a hot breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks will be available with breaks throughout the day.

        4. All logistics, rules and applications will be emailed week before tournament.

        5. Please hold off on any questions until later on, hopefully we will be able to answer them at a later date after the final logistics meeting with SONJ, The New York Football Giants and Meadowlands Security.

    Friday & Saturday Night Live:  Games starting at 6:30 - last game at 10:30 PM on Friday, and 11:00 PM on Saturday.
    Please respond in the following manner, keeping in mind that we will have the following weekend as our bad weather dates: March 16th, 17th and 18th. 
    Date(s), Day(s) & Period(s).   (Working with a crew or others is your prerogative.)
    March 9, 2018 - Friday:       Morning / Afternoon / Evening  /  All Day (7 AM-10:30 PM).
    March 10, 2018 - Saturday:   Morning / Afternoon / Evening  /  All Day (7 AM - 11:10 PM).
    March 11, 2018 - Sunday:    Morning / Afternoon / Late Afternoon / All Day (7 AM - 7:10 PM).
    Morning Session:  7 AM - 12 PM   /  Afternoon Session: 11 AM - 4 PM / Evening Session: 3 PM - 7:30 PM
    Friday Evening Session: 6:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    Saturday Evening Session: 7:30 PM - 11:10 PM
    Sunday Late Afternoon: 3 PM - 7:10 PM
    Example of responses:
    “Your Full Name” will be volunteering: 
    1. March 9,10 & 11  All Day.   

    2. March 9, 7am - 12pm & March 10, 11:00am - 7:30pm(two shifts).    

    3. March 11 Sunday 7am - 4pm (Two Shifts)

    4. March 9, 10 & 11  7am - 12noon (all three days).  
    To avoid extra e-mailing to confirm who you are, it is important that you include your full name in the response, because some e-mails do not contain the sender's name; thanks!
    Please hold off on any other questions until later on, hopefully we will be able to answer them at a later date.

    Primary email responses should be forwarded to both Chris & Eric:
    Chris – cmalkin12@gmail.com 
    Eric – ericnellessen@gmail.com

    In addition - please fill out the form at the link listed below.  If you are bringing a crew of officials, we need each official to fill out forms and to also respond back to us individually. 

    Snow Bowl Volunteer DocuSign application.

    Eric Nellessen and I will be in charge of organizing officials with additional great help from our fellow officials:

    Al Taliaferro, Ray Woody, Pat Giallombardo, Mike Rotter, Brian Corcoran, Larry Sotsky and Carl Graham. 

    Thank you all in advance for your friendship, dedication, time and support for such a great cause!
    Chris Malkin & Eric Nellessen

Jim Conte to Receive James LaCava Award

Our own Jim Conte was recently selected by the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame to receive the prestigious James LaCava award for his tireless contributions to athletics. He will be presented his award at the 19th Annual Sports Nut Beefsteak Dinner at The American Legion Post 227 in Totowa on Wednesday, January 24th at 6:00 PM.

Donations for attending the event is $60, and the guest speaker for the evening is Rick Mantz.

If you're interested in attending the dinner to support Jim and the association, please contact Bill Farkas by phone at 973-694-1453, or Don Monteyne by e-mail at monteyne@optonline.net for more information.

Join Us

Join Us

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you have a true passion for football?
  • When watching college and professional football, do you find yourself breaking down referee calls on the field?
  • Do you watch the referees and their positioning more than the players when watching football games in person?
  • Are you able to watch a game objectively without rooting interests?
  • Are you committed to do whatever it takes to become a football referee and help make a difference in New Jersey high school football officiating?

If you answered YES to all of these questions - you obviously came here for a reason, and that is to become a proud future member of the NJFOA-North.

In order to join our organization via the Edgar Cartotto Training Program, you must be able to meet the 100% of requirements set forth in the cadet application document.

If you strongly believe you're more than capable of meeting the requirements, fill out the form and send it along with a check for your application fee of $175.00 made payable to "NJFOA-NORTHERN CHAPTER" and a photocopy of your driver's license (must be over 18 and a resident of New Jersey) by March 31, 2018 to:

If you have any questions, please contact our Cadet Chairperson Joe Belger by telephone at (201) 390-5393or by e-mail at jbelger7@gmail.com for more information.

Classes will start April 25, 2018 and space is limited, so do not delay!  

2017 Dues Notice - Updated!

As a reminder - membership dues for the 2017 season (active member - $130.00, inactive member - $35, retired-on-list - $18) are to be paid in full by no later than November 16th. Failure to pay dues by this date will result in the following late charge penalties:

Active Members
Paid between November 17 and December 1 - $130 + $50 Late Fee ($180)
Paid between December 2 and December 31 - $130 + $75 Late Fee ($205)
Inactive Members
Paid between November 17 and December 1 - $50 + $50 Late Fee ($100)
Paid between December 2 and December 31 - $50 + $75 Late Fee ($175)
Retired - On-List
Paid between November 17 and December 1 - $18 + $50 Late Fee ($68)
Paid between December 2 and December 31 - $18 + $75 Late Fee ($93)


Click the PDF link below to download the application to submit along with your check.

NJFOA-North End of Season Annual Banquet - Fall 2017

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Brownstone House

Paterson, NJ

Buffet Style Event

$55 / Per Person

Doors open 6:30 PM - Cash Bar, Beer/Wine on Table

Come out and enjoy the camaraderie with other fellow officials, as we celebrate the conclusion of another successful season for the NJFOA-North at the famed Brownstone House in Paterson, NJ.  We will be honoring our members with 15 years of service or more, in five year increments thereafter.

Single tickets will be available for sale at all Paramus Catholic and Passaic Tech meetings.

Tables for Ten are available; contact Ed Perretti by clicking his name to the left to e-mail him with any questions or for more information.

Please make all checks and/or money orders out to NJFOA North.

Questions? Contact Ed Perretti by clicking his name to the left to e-mail him for more information.

The deadline for purchasing tickets is November 15, 2017.  No reservations will be taken after that date.

NJFOA-North Officials Roster Updated

Please note - the NJFOA-North Officials Roster has been revised and updated to reflect the most recent changes;  in addition, there is now a printable version that one can use as a "Roster Book" to keep in the car.

You may find these files here at http://www.njfoa-north.org/roster, however login is required to access them.

2017 Six Person Mechanics Manual Released

The newly revised NJFOA Six Person Mechanics Manual, the NJFOA Six Person Position Mechanics and the NJFOA Officating Philosophies documents are now posted on our website (login required).

Please note that a few editorial changes were made on August 9th on pages 9 and 10 with case plays 1 and 2, to more accurately reflect the official 2017 NFHS rule changes.

2017 Notes

Now that July has arrived, all association members are required to update their concussion certifications. Please note that you CANNOT work any scrimmages or regular season games without a valid completed concussion certificate turned in.

The link to the concussion course on NFHSLearn.com is here: https://nfhslearn.com/courses/61064/concussion-in-sports

Registration and login is required on there before you are able to watch the videos and take the test for certification.

Once completed, all officials should send a copy of the PDF certificate to Steve Peloso via e-mail at steve.sfoa@gmail.com.

As a reminder - ALL VARSITY games are required to be officiated wearing the sublimated 2 1/4 inch shirts, both for short and long sleeves.

The official hat to be worn remains the same; all hats must have the NJFOA logo (patched or embroidered) on front. Referee wears the white version, while the remainder of the crew wears the standard black hat with white piping.

All crew members are expected to be in compliance.

Please make sure to check the NJFOA-North website for the mandatory NJSIAA Rules Interpretation Meeting dates and locations. The meeting scheduled for our geographic area will be held at 7:00 PM on Thursday, August 24 at Passaic County Technical Institute in Wayne, NJ.


If you are free agent and looking to get on a crew or just fill in week by week, please contact me and we will try get your availability to the crew chiefs and assignors. In addition, make sure to visit the forum on our website (login required) to post your availability and/or needs to the general membership.


Jim Conte
Executive Secretary
NJFOA - North Chapter