South Carolina Football Officials Association

Welcome to the SCFOA's WEB page.  This  page  will  provide  an  outline  of  what SCFOA is and what it does  to  serve  the  Football Officials of South Carolina  and  the  schools.  Also  presented is a listing of SCFOA Officers and Directors.


SCFOA History

Founded  in  1944,   in order  to  provide  a   means  of   training  and  developing  football  officials  and maintaining   a   booking   office   for  varsity  football  officials,   the   South  Carolina  Football  Officials Association  has grown  from the original  12 officials serving  4 high schools, to its present size of 580 officials serving 197 schools. A basic rating system was developed in 1958 to assess each official. The rating  system  was  incorporated  into SCFOA's Constitution and By-laws in 1967 and is used today in assigning  officials  to varsity football games. The rating system awards points to officials as follows: a Rules and Mechanics exam - 40%, SCFOA Credit (years of experience) - 15%, Fellow Officials Ratings - 25%,  District Classroom meetings and preseason scrimmages - 15%  and Cooperation - 5%. Coaches do not rate officials in this rating system. 


The Link below is for the 2015-16 Football Officials Registration. New applicants and transfers must submit their
application to the Local District Director. Registration will be late after February 15, 2015 and the late fee will apply.



2014 Online Exam Instructions


2015 Football Ratings


Cliff Keen: Your New SCFOA Shirt


Directors' Meeting March 2014
Directors' Meeting October 2013

Clinic Meeting July 2013

Directors' Meeting July 26, 2013

Directors' Meeting March 25, 2013



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Annual Clinic: July 25, 2015    Site: River Bluff High School, Lexington, SC

Make-up Clinic/Exam: July 27, 2015 6:00 PM                (SCHSL Office)            

First Scrimmage:   August 6, 2015    

First Contest:      August 21, 2015 (week 0)

Playoffs:             November 6, 2015 






Physical Form

Release Sheet

Football Peer Ratings Sheet


Officials' Rating & Performance Guidelines 



2014 SCFOA Football Rules Exam
2013 SCFOA Football Rules Exam
2012 SCFOA Football Rules Exam

2012 SCFOA Exam Answer Sheet

2013 State Football Officials




NFOA Information

NFHS Insurance Information


SCFOA Mechanics Manual

7 Man Mechanics (Quarters/Semis/Finals)

4 Man Mechanics (Sub-Varsity)


SCFOA Hall of Fame (Criteria for Induction)


Official Signals  

National Federation Interpretations & Corrections


"30-30 RULE"

Begin counting when you see the "flash" of lightning and stop when you hear the associated "bang" of thunder. Divide the number by 5. This will tell you how many miles away the lightning is. When the "flash-to-bang" approaches 30 seconds, this means the lightning is within 6 miles and the next strike could conceivably be at your location.  Wait 30 minutes after the last sound of thunder or flash of lightning before returning to the field.  This will ensure that the lightning is far enough away so that a strike is unlikely. The count must start over at each subsequent lightning flash or thunder bang.



Interested in becoming a football official?  
Contact the local district director in your area.  

(Click in the District below.)


President -Dean Waters - Greenville

Vice President - Donnie Strong - Pawleys Island

Secretary -Robert Davis - Spartanburg



District 1
District 2
District 3
District 4
District 5
District 6
District 7
District 8
District 9
District 10
District 11

Bryan Murphy  Web Site

District 12
District 13
Officials Representative
Commissioner of Officials





2014 Shrine Bowl Officials: 
Chuck Welker, Lynn Bostic, Dennis O'Keefe, David McKee

Past S.C. Shrine Bowl Officials



2014 North - South Officials 
 Robbie Boland, Charles Welker, Jeff Cockrell, Arnold Daniels
Stephen Palmer, Keith Ritter, Everitt Doddington, Ernie Hamilton

Past North -South Officials