vermont football officials association


The successful administration of a scholastic sports program requires a dedicated body of qualified officials, and Vermont football is no exception. The VFOA strives to maintain a balanced membership composed in equal parts of long standing senior members, experienced veterans, developing members and new recruits serving as apprentices. For this reason the VFOA always encourages and welcomes new members interested in learning more about officiating high school football.


The North and South Commissioners have primary responsibilities for guiding and assisting applicants. A new official serves as an apprentice for two full seasons and will customarily officiate freshmen and junior varsity contests, depending upon skills and comfort levels.

The VFOA waives member dues (approx. $75 per annum) for apprentices to mitigate the expenses associated with initial purchase of uniform apparel and related accessories (approximately $150). Subvarsity game fees and mileage also help defray the costs incurred in becoming a working official. Each new member is assigned a mentor who is available for assistance, to answer questions and to provide individual support and guidance. Apprentices are tested at the end of their two year service in both rules and mechanics to determine fitness for full membership and to qualify for a schedule of varsity games beginning the following season. Apprentices are expected to attend all VFOA meetings and workshops to develop skills and become familiar with the group and its activities.


Those interested in discussing the VFOA are strongly encouraged to contact the Commissioner serving the geographical area where the applicant resides. Bryan Fortier (; 802-310-4740) is Commissioner in the North (north of Middlebury); and Jon Reed, (; 802-254-6670) is Commissioner in the South (south of Brandon).

All inquiries are welcome.