Central Florida Officials Association
Who We Are
The Central Florida Officials Association was formed in 1947 to provide officials for interscholastic sport programs of Central Florida. There are nearly 300 officials in the CFOA that are certified by the Florida High School Athletics Association (FHSAA) and scheduled for games at various schools throughout Central Florida. The CFOA services schools located in the Orlando metropolitan area and within a geographic area surrounded by Volusia, Osceola, Seminole and Lake counties. Read more --»
How to Join
If you are a new official or transferring to the area, please fill out the Recruitment Form and a member of the CFOA will contact you. Once we have your information, we will give you details on how to register with the CFOA, FHSAA, and any pertinent dates for upcoming seasons. There are several steps to becoming a high school sports official with the CFOA and FHSAA. Read more --»
Returning CFOA Officials
Find out what’s happening around the officiating world and related sports. Send any articles of interest to Jeff Deen.
Former VP of NFL officiating: SEC referees losing integrity, credibility
by BRETT WEISBAND Saturday Down South
October 26, 2014 @ 3:15pm
Pereira says in his column that, two weeks ago, he reached out to national officiating coordinator Rogers Redding, the former SEC officials coordinator, about who was on the communications system. Pereira was told the headsets only allow officials to communicate with each other on the field, which the former NFL official does not buy.
“But now it appears the SEC has someone that nobody else has — a mystery man. I’m not sure where he is, but he’s providing information to the officials on the field. If the SEC denies it, they’re not telling the truth,” Pereira said.
As it stands now, conferences have either seven or eight officials on the field. The SEC uses seven referees, with one alternate that assists with line of scrimmage calls, according to Pereira. Based on what he has seen, Pereira accuses the SEC of playing by its own set of rules.
“It was unacceptable in that Auburn-Mississippi State game — and it was unacceptable in the Alabama-Tennessee game. If (SEC commisioner Mike) Slive condones this and Redding fails to investigate and stop it, then the SEC and the NCAA have a big problem in officiating,” Pereira said. “In my eyes, their officiating staff is losing their credibility.”
High School National Bowl Games Are On
by Buddy Collings Orlando Sentinel
Since 1963, the ultimate prize for high school football teams in Florida has been a state championship.
That is about to change. All signs are go for a historic nationally televised series of prep bowl games pitting several Florida championship teams against title teams from other states this December. And it appears likely that the inaugural event will be played in Florida.
Cutting the Ribbon
by Dean Smith Sanford Herald
08.27.14 - 01:50 am; photo by Romeo Guzman
LAKE MARY — Kickoff Classic night was definitely an interesting one for Seminole County prep football fans last Friday night.
Lake Mary High School got the evening off to a rousing start with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to unveil its new synthetic turf field and new scoreboard at Don T. Reynolds Stadium before large crowd with several members of the Seminole County Public Schools Administration and Board as well as the Lake Mary High School Athletic Booster Club, distinguished alumni and former administrators of the school on hand.
The turf and scoreboard are just the beginning of the refurbishment of Reynolds Stadium as a new synthetic track will be installed during the Winter Break, plus new paint and other amenities will be added to the stadium seating area.
Once the games began, there were some surprising results as teams that dominating during the Spring Games came up on the short end on this night, while teams that struggled in the Spring came up with big wins.
Preseason Kickoff Classics to get area teams ready for real thing
written by Joe Williams, Orlando Sentinel
Since 1999, most area teams have been playing a Kickoff Classic game format, before that, it was jamborees.
In his mind, Jones linebacker Withney Simon realizes the regular season will not begin until next week, when the Tigers host Wekiva. In his competitor's heart, in every instinct that runs through the 6-foot, 215-pound senior's body, he does not know how to differentiate between games
A MaxPreps study of the past 21 NFL drafts shows St. Thomas Aquinas leads all high schools nationally with 19 draft picks, and Miami Northwestern is No. 3 with 15. Long Beach Poly of California stands second with 15 alums picked. Six of the 10 schools in double digits were Florida programs, with three from California and one from Texas.
Apopka tops the area count with six:
Warren Sapp (1995)
Brent Bartholomew (1999)
Rogers Beckett (2000)
Brandon Meriweather (2007)
Kyle Wilber (2012)
Jeremy Gallon by the New England Patriots this year.
Previously Posted Stories & Notes of Interest...
For older topics discussed around the CFOA cooler, visit the News Article Index...
For announcements pertaining to CFOA members, visit the Member News Page...