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.

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


Football Points of Emphasis - 2017

Responsibility on Players to Avoid Illegal Contact

With a continued emphasis on minimizing risk in high school football, it is imperative for coaches to continue educating their student-athletes regarding the importance and responsibility of avoiding illegal contact. With the recent implementation of NFHS football rules prohibiting targeting, illegal contact on defenseless players, illegal blindside blocks, illegal pop-up kicks and other illegal personal contact fouls, the NFHS is reiterating its focus on player safety. Players are ultimately responsible for using legal blocking and tackling techniques, and coaches have a responsibility to emphasize the use of legal contact. Therefore, unnecessary contact with opponents who are clearly out of the play, or contact that is excessive and unnecessary, have no place in the game of football. These unnecessary hits are unsafe acts and the techniques cannot be tolerated by those responsible for the game of football. Coaches need to exercise leadership in eliminating illegal contact and game officials must act decisively to penalize illegal contact to minimize the risk of injury to players.

The Guardian Football Helmet Cap


Please see the most recent memo below from NJSIAA officials pertaining to The Guardian Football Helmet Cap and its on-field legality. Please refer any questions pertaining this memo to Carmine Picardo:

To: All Athletic Directors, Football Officials, Football Coaches, and Athletic Assistants
From: Jack Dubois (NJSIAA Assistant Director), Carmine Picardo (NJSIAA State Football Assigner) and Bill Surdovel (NJSIAA Rules Interpreter)
Re: The Guardian Football Helmet Cap

It has come to our attention that there may be some confusion as to the legality of The Guardian Football Helmet Cap. This note is to clarify its legality and use during the 2016 season.

  • The Guardian Cap is a piece of legal equipment and can be worn by any number of players (one or the entire team).
  • Caps may be of any color except the color of the football.
  • Teams are not required to have matching cap colors, but it was recommended that teams purchase the same color.
  • Opponents may have the same or different colored caps.

A link to the manufacturer’s website is below, should you need further information regarding this piece of player equipment:


Any questions, feel free to contact one of us.