Central Florida Officials Association Tackle Football Information

A huge Thank you to you and your Team! Your letter below says it all!
- Allen

Championship Finals Crew & Volunteers

December 10, 2017

Crew #1
I would like to take this time to acknowledge the outstanding officiating of Crew #1 at the 2A Finals this past Friday morning. The CFOA crew stood out above all of the other crews who worked Championship game this past week. The crew had a professional apperance, great 7 man mechanics, a knowledge of the rules and their application and maintained controll of the game. Thanks to the crew for representing the CFOA and letting the FHSAA and other associations throughout the State know that we are still the best.

I cannot thank those of you enough who came out and worked the chains and as ball boys at the Championship Series this past Thursday, Friday and Saturday. All of the playoff crews commented on how smoothly the game ran because of the quality peope on the sidelines running the chains and balls. They also thanked all of you for the hospitality shown to them before, during and after their games. Thank's for your commitment and pride in maintaining the CFOA's history of being the best association in Florida.

Special Thanks
I owe a special thanks to the following four officials, who came every morning at 7:30 am and stayed until the end of the final game each night, usually not getting home until near midnight. When I needed assistance or they saw something that need to be done they did not hesitate to step up complet the task. They have been part been part of the CFOA team for the past 10 years.
Thanks to: Fred Smart, Roland Taylor, Jemal Taylor and Jim Taylor.

Mitch Fazzio
VP of Football, CFOA


The CFOA  Football Uniform is as follows:

Black hat with White piping (Referee White Hat)
Black and White Referee shirt with a black collar and FHSAA patch on the pocket and American Flag on the left sleeve
All Black pants with a white stripe FHSAA patch on right pant leg
All black belt (leather)
Black Socks (Crew Socks - Mid Calf)
Black Shoes
Penalty Flag (1 or 2)
Black Bean Bag (if back judge blue and black bean bag)
Down Indicator
Game Card (score, Unsportsmanlike Penalties)
Coin (Referee)
Chain Clip (Linesman)
Watch (Back Judge, others optional)

Previous Football Announcements


April 18, 2017
The season is approaching quicker than you think. Now is the time to start getting into shape and preparing for the heat, from both Nature and the Coaches. There are several major rule changes this coming season that we need to make sure and all call consistently throughout the season. The new rule changes are listed on the FHSAA web page under Football and also on the NFHS web page as well. Please start reviewing these changes. A big part of our meetings at the Beach Weekend will focus on the rule changes and clarifying questions you may have.

CFOA/Mike Goodspeed Family & Friends Beach Weekend
The Beach Weekend is going to be held on August 4th & 5th 2017 at the:
DoubleTree Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront Hotel
2080 North Atlantic Ave.
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931

Beach Weekend

To book your room simply click on the link below and it will take you the CFOA booking page. Book your room early before they are sold out. Last year several officials waited to the last minute and could not get a room. The CFOA room rate is $140 for a standard room.

Book Your Room

Mitch Fazzio
VP of Football, CFOA

Football Rules

Below are links to powerpoint presentations that Nick Brigati (who used to work in the CFOA a few years back) created for each rule. Some have links to You Tube videos embedded in them.

Rule 10 https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B0BhuoIRi3hRTjRMNWVDcmo2dk0
Rule 9 https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B0BhuoIRi3hRLWNSdzdRUzE1d0E
Rule 8 https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B0BhuoIRi3hRT2JNWnlwb3FsZTg
Rule 7 https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B0BhuoIRi3hRUUtsYkd0aFBWWEk
Rule 6 https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B0BhuoIRi3hRZmU5MjhCTkZ4M0U
Rule 5 https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B0BhuoIRi3hRN2hzU1poMHNoTEk
Rule 4 https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B0BhuoIRi3hRSjFfMndYUk9xLVU
Rule 3 https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B0BhuoIRi3hRRzFnZ3YxOXhtWFk
Rule 2 https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B0BhuoIRi3hRNmVpa2xLRUk4MUU
Rule 1 https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B0BhuoIRi3hRMUhpVlB3Mk53Rjg

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CFOA Tackle Football
Contact Information


CFOA President:
Allen Cramer

Vice President - Football:
Mitch Fazzio

Assignment Officer - Football:
Don Trawick

At Large Director - Football:
Melvin Jones

2017-18 Committees

Kerry Jackson (Chair)
Ken Griffin
AJ Thomas

Lou Prano
Rodney Clevenger
Prince Pollard

Jerome Thompson
Tom Britt
Fred Smart

Morris Middleton

AL Garza
Andy Patterson
Nick Peterson

Rules Interpreter
Randy Chrastina

Football Exam Dates

Download the 2015-16 Officials Calendar at a Glance for important test dates for football officials.

Football Evaluations

CFOA Observer Instructions 2013

CFOA Observer Reminders 2013

CFOA/FHSAA Football Observation Report 2013

CFOA Observation Form 2013

Officials Information

Line-to-Gain Instructions (PDF)

Clock Operator Instructions (PDF)

Football Signals (PDF)

2014 CFOA HL and LJ Mechanics (PowerPoint)

2014 Football Rules Changes (PowerPoint)

2014 CFOA Umpire Mechanics 5 Man (PowerPoint)

2017 CFOA Back Judge (PowerPoint)

2014 CFOA Clock (PowerPoint)

NEW!FHSAA 7-Man Mechanics Updated in 2017 (PowerPoint)

NEW!FHSAA 7-Man Mechanics Updated in 2017 (PDF)

NEW!FHSAA 7-Man Cheat Sheet- 2017 (Word)

NEW!FHSAA 7-Man Cheat Sheet - 2017 (PDF)

Parking Information for Sites

CFOA Emergency Action Plan 2015 (PowerPoint)

H1N1 Virus

Football Pregame (word)

Football Crew Card (excel)

Past Football Playoff Crews


2003 Exam (PDF)

2005 Exam (PDF)

2007 Exam (PDF)

2008 Exam (PDF)

2010 Exam (PDF)

Online Exams

Notebook Paper with Exam

Click the links below and test your knowledge!

RULES exam #1

RULES exam #2

RULES exam #3

RULES exam #4

1st Interactive Rules Exam
6th RULES exam
(SECOND interactive rules exam)

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