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American Football
Officials Aotearoa

Information for officials and people that want to become officials for both tackle Football and Flag Football. The American Football Officials Aotearoa (AFOA) is part of the New Zealand American Football Federation and manages the development of officials in NZ.

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Officials Pathways

NZAFF is committed to supporting Officials on this pathway and will actively support officials when opportunities present themselves nationally, regionally and internationally.

AFOA use the Australian Gridiron Officials Association (AGOA) qualifications framework.  Access to these courses can be provided by NZAFF once you have registered.

Official Registration 

If you want to become an Official then click the "Register here" button below and one of our Officials will be in touch for the next steps.

If you would rather have a talk with someone about what is involved then click the link for the "Contact me" button below.

Pathways

Being an American Football Official can provide many opportunities.From starting at the entry level of officiating contact football or Flag football officials can enter into the Officials Development Program (see below) and develop their knowledge and skills.With knowledge and experience involvement in regional, national and international event become real opportunities.

International

NZAFF will support Officials invite or nominated to officiate at IFAF international Events - tackle and Flag.

Trans Tasman

Officials will be invited to attend and officiate at Gridiron Australia events or attend conferences run by AGOA (Australian Gridiron Officials Association).

National

Travel to national Flag Tournaments or other national events.

Regional

Develop skills and qualifications and be invited to the ThunderBowl or regional Flag Tournaments.

Local

Gain experience officiating in local competitions.