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about the denver football officials association

The DFOA is a chapter of the Colorado Football Officials Association (CFOA).  At the state level, we are designated as  Area 1 officials.  The DFOA is the largest football officiating group in Colorado with over 30 years of history serving Colorado schools.  Our 200+ active members officiate a wide geography in the Denver metro area, mountain schools and eastern plains.  We provide football officials for more than 60 schools across ten different counties and work in conjunction with the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) to provide those services.

Our members officiate middle school through high school varsity football games in three to five person crews depending on the level of play.  Training classes are provided each year for new officials and we mentor those that want to move up to college and beyond.  In fact, we have a proud heritage of our officials moving up to the RMAC (Division 2) and Mountain West / Big Sky / PAC-12 (Division 1) NCAA conferences.  In addition, there are three DFOA alumni currently working in the National Football League.

The DFOA is a certified non-profit entity and approved by the IRS as charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Verification of this status is available upon request.  For any additional information please contact one of the DFOA Area Directors.

DFOA Alumni, Active NFL Officials

  • Kent Payne (Super Bowl XLV)
  • Terrance Miles (Super Bowl XLIX and LIII)
  • Scott Novak

DFOA Alumni, Former NFL Officials

  • Jim Saracino (Super Bowl XLI)
  • Tom Fincken (Superbowls XXIX, XXXII and XXXIV)
  • Ben Dreith (Super Bowls VII and XV)
  • Pat Haggerty (Super Bowls XII, XVI and XIX)
  • Bama Glass (Super Bowl XX)
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