VGOA Frequently Asked Questions

Interested in officiated? Have a passion for the game and want to get involved?

Here are some frequently asked questions about the VGOA.

Q. Do I need to know anything about the rules?

A. Prior knowledge of the game and the rules would help but is not essential. Games are played under Collegiate (NCAA) rules which differ from NFL rules in several important aspects.

Q. What costs are involved?

A. There is no cost to get started. We provide a uniform and pay for national registration and insurance ($95). VGOA membership (currently $20) is deducted from your game fees.

Q. What training is provided?

A. A 2-day introductory course is held prior to each season. Further training and support is provided on an on-going basis throughout the year. To ensure you are adequately prepared we do not put you onto the field until you (and we) feel comfortable they you ready.

Q. What time commitment is required?

A. Games are played every weekend between June and October for senior men’s; February to April for Juniors & Women’s.¬†Even if you are not available on a regular basis or cannot work on certain days you will find us very flexible.

Q. Do I get paid?

A. We receive a game fee and some small allowances from the league. A percentage of this amount is retained by the association to cover running costs and to pay membership fees, registration and insurance to the national body.

Officials receive an amount for each game based upon their accreditation level and some travel allowances are paid for games at non-metropolitan venues. These amounts are paid as a lump sum at the end of each year rather than on a week-by-week basis.

Q. How do I get started?

A. Easy! Contact the VGOA who can tell you more.

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