CFOA Member Access

All Canadian football officials who are members of the CFOA/ACOF may obtain a personal account with which to access the Member-only area of this site . If you would like to request access, please email the following information...

  • Your first and last name.
  • The name of your FOA.
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Job Posting from the OUA

Ontario University Athletics (OUA) is currently seeking a Referee-in-Chief.  See the attached job posting for further details on the position.

Posters:Six types of Holding,Offensive Pass Interference, Defensive Pass Interference



Courtsey of Rob Christian  2 additional posters have been added for Pass interefence and the holding poster has been fine tuned Attached is a poster that describes six types of holding. These types are now being used at the University and Junior levels when reporting holding to the Referee and explaining what a player was doing to coaches

2017 Rule book changes announced

Amateur Tackle Rule Book Changes for 2017

by footballcanada · April 11, 2017

A number of changes, clarifications and corrections were approved to the Canadian Amateur Tackle Football Rule Book. The changes are for immediate distribution and implementation. They will be added to the next printed edition of the rule book in May 2018.

The changes include:

First and Ten Apri 2017

The third issue of the refreshed First and Ten has been sent out to all FOAs  It is placed here as well.


Information from your FOA is requested . Please forward to your Provincial representative

Former CFOA President passes on

Michael Groleau past away  this week .Michael was very active in football officiating in Canada and his home province of Ontario . Michael was recognized for all his efforts as the  recipient of the Tom Cheney Award in 2014. More details will be provided in the July First and Ten

All the football officiating joins in giving our condolences to  the Groleau family.

Other CFOA members recently leaving our officiating family include two 2016 Tom Cheney Nominees

Ken Picot (Saskatchewan) recipient of the 2016 Tom Cheney award

2016 Rule Calrification from Football Canada Rule book editor and rules interpreter

this section of CFOA website will post rule clarification for the current rule book


 see attached

Set 1 May 30  Blocking below the knee, signals for BBK and BBW,blindside block 5yd no yards

Set 2 June 22   Grill type  facemask NOCSAE stamp, prescriiption glasses, No yards       

                            bouncing ball, blocking

Ken Picot postumously awarded the 2016 Tom Cheney Award

At the CFOA Conference in Saskatoon thsi May long weekend , the tomCheney Award in recognition of contribution to the development of amateur officiating in Canada was awarded to Ken Picot . Please see attached (more to come)

CFL Prospect Offical look -fors

The Canadian Football League’s officiating department has been working closely with its partnering provincial or local football officiating associations and elite level leagues (C.I.S., C.J.F.L., etc.) with the overarching aim of assisting with the development and recruitment of elite level officials. Prospect officials for the CFL must meet stringent expectations prior to becoming part of the on-field staff.  See attachement

CFL Officiating Recruitment model

CFL Officiating Recruitment Model

Dave Hutton   CFL| Officiating Department - Coordinator of Recruitment, Training and Development 

The Canadian Football League’s officiating department has developed a process to assist with the evaluation, training and recruitment of young officials who may be candidates for position on our staff.

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