What is the DFOA?

The Dallas Football Officials Association (DFOA) is one of the largest chapters of football officials in the state of Texas. With over 630 members, we officiate football throughout the metroplex.

We are a chapter of the Texas Association of Sports Officials (TASO), which is the governing body over most high school and junior high school sports officials in the state of Texas. They work directly with the University Interscholastic League (UIL),  the governing body of public schools in Texas, as well as TAPPS, the governing body of the private schools.

Every year, before the season, we make agreements with local schools and districts to provide football officials for their varsity and sub-varsity football games.

The chapter assigns officials to work these games. The schools pay the officials directly for his/her services. Each year our Chapter is responsible for over 12,000 officiating game assignments.

We need new officials. If you are interested in pursuing football officiating as an avocation, please contact our recruitment chair Steve Anthony at  steve@myavidgolfer.com.  Check out the new members guide listed below. It will answer a lot of common questions about becoming a football official.



Game Assignments

New officials initially gain experience working sub-varsity games. In addition, chain crew assignments on Friday nights provide valuable insight into officiating. With these efforts, new officials learn the basic rules and officiating mechanics. Experience takes time and effort.

Sub-varsity games are assigned by satellite secretaries who coordinate & schedule officials to sub-varsity games and chain crew duty in different areas of the metroplex. You will contact them to schedule games. Many of the games are booked during the summer but there are always games available.

Don’t be afraid to contact them again and again because changes often occur by the hour once the season starts. Sub-varsity games are scheduled Monday through Thursday evenings (Start times range from 4 to 5:30 PM).

The majority of the time you will be working 2 games at each assignment. You will be asked to work games in a variety of areas of town. This gets you good exposure to more officials and coaches.

Pee Wee games are not directly associated with our chapter, but are typically assigned by members of our chapter who work with the various leagues. These games provide a great training ground for new officials.


New member training sessions are taught each year. There are sessions both in the off-season and during the season.  Training is done in the classroom and on the field.


Sub-varsity game pay ranges from $50-$60 per game + a minimum of $15 for travel pay based on the distance of the game site from the Dallas chapter center point. Varsity games range from $105 minimum per game and go up based on gate receipts and distance of the game site from the chapter center point. This is just a general range and could vary depending on each school district. Officials are paid by the school districts typically by check or direct deposit.


Uniforms can be purchased at chapter meetings as well as several places in the metroplex and through various mail-order suppliers. Expect to spend approximately $175 for a complete uniform including shoes.

Officials Division Rankings

Members are ranked based on points accrued by working games. There are 5 divisions with 5 being where new members start and 1 being the top division. It will usually take at least 2 years to move up to division 4 depending on how many games you work.

There are several ways to earn points, including the score on your rules test, educational clinic attendance, including the TASO State Football Meeting, and by officiating games scheduled by DFOA.


To join the state organization (TASO) and our chapter (DFOA), you will be required to pay a total of $105.00 for your first season.  The TASO Application Dues are $40 and are paid on-line. Go to www.taso.org and click on “New Applicants” near the top right of the webpage.

These dues cover the necessary administrative and operating costs of the various organizations, rulebooks, and access to the websites where there are current NCAA Football Rules and Interpretations book, current Mechanics Manuals, and a current DFOA directory of officials and schools. The DFOA chapter dues are $65 and are submitted using the application form below.

Application Form

Print the DFOA Application Form linked below. Fill it out and send it with a check or Money Order made out to DFOA for $65, and mail to DFOA, 1784 Halifax Street Roanoke, TX 76262. You can contact Steve Anthony, the recruiting chairman, at steve@myavidgolfer.com or 214-287-8878 if you have any questions.

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