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 Post subject: Age Requirement & Years to Officiate in the NFL?
 Post Posted: Tue Oct 02, 2007 9:02 pm 
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Hi Scott,

I thought of three more questions:

1) Is there an Age Requirement to be an official in the NFL?

2) How long would it take to make the jump to become an NFL Referee?
=> I know you have to @ least start out from the bottom(Pop Warner, Middle School, High School & Collegiate Level).

3) How long do you have to be just an Official in the NFL until you receive the honors to become a Head Referee/Official & have your own Crew?

Best Wishes,

Becky


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Becky - there is no age requirement to officiate in the NFL. Most officials fall in the 38 - 65 range. Most officials take about 15-25 years to work their way up the ranks to the NFL. Finally, there is no "promotion" to Referee. Most officials enter the League at a particular position (Referee, Umpire, Head Linesman, Line Judge, Side Judge, Back Judge, Field Judge) and never change. When the league needs a new Referee (there are 17 of us), they select someone from one of the other positions and move him to Referee. He will have been training at the Referee position for several years in NFL Europe, Arena, etc, however, and he may have been a Referee in college prior to joining the NFL.

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