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 over two Saturdays in February (dates to be finalised). Further training and support is provided on an on-going basis throughout the year.

We are happy to move at your pace and no-one is put onto the field until they (and we) feel they are ready.

Q. What time commitment is required?

A. Most games are played on Sundays with some Saturday games. 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 game fees from the league. A percentage is retained by the association to cover running costs and to pay membership fees, registration and insurance to the national body.

Currently officials receive around $30 for senior games. Game fees (less VGOA membership of $20) are paid as a lump sum at the end of each season 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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