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Welcome to the web site for the South Florida Football Officials Association.  Our site is dedicated to bringing our members and the organizations we service the most up to the minute information.  Our Association, through its members, provides quality, trained and impartial contest officials to area youth football leagues.

We are also proud to host web site information regarding our sister organization the Greater Miami Athletic Conference Football Officials Association that provide FHSAA Certified Officials for high school contests in Miami-Dade County.  Both groups work together to provide top notch officials.

Members, organizations and visitors are encouraged to check this website from time to time for updates, meetings, game schedules, assignments, and other important information...

THIS IS WEEK ONE!

ARE YOU READY?

Well four weeks in the class room and two weeks warming up on the field and here we are at Week One!

The time is now to make sure you have all your equipment.  That means an orange bean bag too!  You have studied youth league specific rules and downloaded and printed the rules reminder card specific to the league you are assigned.  Time to map out your route to make sure you report on time. First impressions are everything and you never get a second chance to make one.

This is year two of backgrounds with the National Center for Safety Initiatives.  If you were green-lighted last year they will do so again with no additional cost it is a two-year background. GMACFOA and BCFOA Officials don't forget to provide your updated vendor card information, we had quite a few of you due to renew.  New officials who have decided to work only youth league football will have to complete the background check.  We did a lot of legwork to find a cost effective way to conduct the checks and think we did a great job thank to NCSI. The cost when annualized is less than $12 which is still less than high school officials pay for finger print check.

The season is here!

DON'T GET LEFT BEHIND;
REGISTER FOR 2016 YOUTH LEAGUE SEASON NOW!

2016 REGISTRATION HERE!

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BACKGROUND CHECKS
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PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT GMACFOA (HIGH SCHOOL REGISTRATION) PLEASE GO TO GMACFOA PAGE FOR LINKS AN INFORMATION TO FHSAA, GMAC AND GMACFOA REGISTRATIONS ERRONEOUS REGISTRATION PAYMENTS TO SFFOA ARE NOT REFUNDABLE

2016 HERB LATAL RULES CLINIC
WILL CONTINUE DEVELOPING ITS USE OF TECHNOLOGY AND VIDEO

The Herb Latal Rules Clinic will continue to feature quality video examples aimed at stimulating rules discussion and in an effort to give us more time for discussion and learning class quizzes and the final exam moved to an online format. This feature will simulate state testing and we hope that officials used the time to further their studying outside the classroom. The technology will also allows us to keep track or rules or concepts that need more attention and also allowed members to more closely track their own progress. Points will be awarded for attendance and active participation in a facilitated discussion. The hope is that the effective use of technology in the classroom will lead to a more effective official on the field.

DON'T FORGET TO CHECK OUT GMACFOA PAGE.
 
The SFFOA will continue to host a page dedicated to the GMACFOA, the 2011 FHSAA Association of the Year.  The page will feature news and information related to high school football and will also allow for the payment of dues on line.  So don't forget to go and look at that page also whenever you visit our homepage.

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WE HAVE A MISSION

Do you know what the SFFOA's mission is.  Every top notch organization has a mission that is encompassed in its Mission Statement.  Our mission simply stated is "to provide well trained, qualified and impartial contest officials to area youth football leagues." How we get there is entirely up to you our members.  We each have to set out to  honor our mission and to achieve this we must be focused and be of a single vision.  Our Vision as an organization can be broken down into three short statements "Make It Safe, Be There, Get It Right."
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HELP US KEEP YOU IN THE LOOP!
 
Off-season is generally filled with happening good and not so good.  Some of us got married, still lot's of kids being born to our members and sadly some of us lost a loved one.  Last year we were touched by the death of a colleague and hopefully hurricane season will spare us as well.
 
We try to send out an e-mail sharing the good news or expressing our sorrow whenever we now something.  It may also be something worth posting on our website.  Please let us know when there is something worth sharing so we can keep others in the loop.

OFF SEASON COLLEGE CAMPS AND FHSAA CLINICS
ARE AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR IMPROVEMENT

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Officials if you have any plans to advance to the next level or are really serious about just getting better, make it a point to go to an off season camp or clinic. A camp or clinic with a field component is a great way to have someone at a higher level or more experience evaluate your skills and offer constructive feedback to help you improve. It is not all field and class work we do have some time to get to know some of our brethren, and some others from higher levels and other parts of the state or country. A word of caution though, go with an open mind and while there is a chance that you may be discovered and get an opportunity to work at a higher level, the most important reason you are there is to get better!

Over the last few years SFFOA members Mike Brown, Carlos Guzman, Dongray Johnson, Kevin McLeroy, Gabriel Quintana, Clem Quinones, Ariel Rodriguez, Yurier Sanz and Bill Steiner where hired by college conferences after attending one or more camps during the off season. Take advantage of them and talk with them about their experiences if you a chance and are serious about moving up.

Keep your eyes on this section and we will generate a list of camps and dates for our members.

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HELP SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS!

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Friday Night's are always a celebration at ISG

Members don't forget that it is our sponsors who help defray the costs of our website and other expenses so that we can keep dues down. Fridays and some Thursdays during the regular season SFFOA/GMACFOA members get together after our games to share a story or two and have a bite to eat at Italian Sports Grill located at 7912 NW 2nd Street just across the street from Mall of the Americas. ISG has been the site of the SFFOA End of Season Party as well usually on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving where we partake in Karaoke Night with great drink and food specials.

We are always looking for additional sponsors that can either help defray expenses or contribute to our charitable and community service efforts.  If you know someone or some business interested is supporting our efforts let us know and we will mention them prominently on this website.

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2016 Ralph Lewis Memorial Blow the Whistle on Cancer Campaign
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Ralph Lewis at FHSAA Finals

RALPH LEWIS MEMORIAL BLOW THE WHISTLE ON CANCER CAMPAIGN RAISED $1,544 IN 2014 BUT REMEMBER IT IS A CONTINUING EFFORT OF BOTH SFFOA and GMACFOA!
 
The SFFOA and GMACFOA have learned first hand that cancer knows no bounderies and comes in many forms.    We donated officiating fees from the Killian-Palmetto Game and our efforts throughout the year to the V Foundation for Cancer Reserach in the memory of our friend Ralph Lewis.  The total came to $1,544, with the SFFOA covering the any fees incurred from online donations. In Ralph's memory we will continue to work towards finding a cure for the disease that took him from us way too soon.
 
We will never give up Ralph until we find a cure!

Our efforts have only begun click here to make a donation that will be made in Ralph's memory to the Blow the Whistle on Cancer.

 

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

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The Rebelious B's prepare to open the Sean Taylor Classic.

SFFOA NOW ON FACEBOOK!
 
Trying to stay up with the times can be difficult for some of us old dogs but we try.  Reports were that some young pup is helping us out in this endeavor.  We'll be on twitter in a year or two! LOL

Proud Members Since 2005
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BACKGROUND CHECKS
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Upcoming Meetings:

Meeting
Date / Time
Location
GMACFOA Beginners' Rules Clinic
July 7 @ 7pm
room 102
Coral Park HS
GMAC Beginners' Rules Clinic
July 7 @ 7pm
Coral Park HS

   OUR WEBSITE SPONSORS
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OFFICIAL'S POST GAME SPOT

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  OFFICIAL BANK OF THE SFFOA

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SUPPORT ALL OUR SPONSORS!  Members don't forget that you can also support Italian Sports Grill and BB&T who through their contributions keep membership dues down.  Just click on the picture for more information. 

 
SFFOA TO CONTINUE USE OF ARBITER.
 
Officials will now be able to track both youth league and high school assignments using arbiter game assignment software.  Arbiter the first name in game assignment software has been used by the GMAC for all major sports for three years now.  The SFFOA got off to an fun start when youth league came around but we persevered and we were able to take advantage to assign over 1,400 games during 2015. Members will continue to see their assignments, accept or decline their assignments and update their availability on their home computer and in the age of the phone app it has a telphone application for an additional charge for use on you iPhone, Android or Blackberry.  Esential for our members is a working and useable e-mail address as we will no longer support the assignments page on this website.  Leagues and teams will also be able to view their schedule and assignments using the software
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HOW ARE WE DOING?  Comments and suggestions are welcomed from any source.  Our goal is to make this Association the best that it can be.  Your input is needed in order to make this a reality.  E-mail comments to us at sffoa@yahoo.com.