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How To Become an NFL Official

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HOUSTON - OCTOBER 09: Tight-end Joel Dreessen #85 of the Houston Texans pleads with line judge John Hussey #35 after a pass was ruled incomplete during action against the Oakland Raiders at Reliant Stadium on October 9, 2011 in Houston, Texas.
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If you are an experienced football official looking for a shot at the NFL, here are the minimum requirements necessary to qualify as an official in the National Football League:

• Must have a minimum of 10 years experience officiating football, at least five of which must have been at a varsity collegiate or another professional level.

• Must be in excellent physical condition.

• Must belong to an accredited football officials association or have experience in football as a player or coach.

• Each candidate must furnish the NFL with a detailed copy of his officiating schedule for the past three seasons, listing dates, schools, location of games, and positions worked.

If you feel you meet the NFL's requirements, submit all the required information to:

NFL Officiating
280 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10017

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