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Football

Welcome to KSOA Football
About KSOA Football

The Kansas Sports Officials Association provides a path for excellence in officiating for our football officials through recruitment, training, evaluation, and networking. If you are not currently a KSOA football official, we encourage you to take a look around our website. 

Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA)
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In order to officiate high school football, referees must be registered with the Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA). Click on the KSHSAA logo to learn more and to register as a KSHSAA official. The KSHSAA administrator for football is Mark Lentz.

KSHSAA Requirements to Officiate High School Football

  • Register with and pay KSHSAA dues

  • Successful completion of a NFHS Football rules test (a score of 90 or higher to be eligible to officiate post season contests)

  • Attend a KSHSAA rules meeting (either in-person or online this year)

  • Attend a KSHSAA Area Supervisor Meeting (to be eligible to officiate post season contests)

Please note the following important 2024 KSHSAA Football dates:

August 19: Beginning Practice Date

August 30-31: First Possible Jamboree

September 4: Earliest Possible Games

September 6: First Friday Night Games

November 3: Regional Games

November 15: Sectional Games

November 22: Sub-State Games

November 30: State Championship Games

*KSHSAA football referees may complete their rules meeting requirement either in-person or online. A full list of meeting dates and times can be found here.

2023 Kansas State Champions

6A: Gardner-Edgerton

5A: Mill Valley

4A: St. Thomas Aquinas

3A: Cheney

2A: Nemaha Central

1A: Conway Springs

8-Player DI: Lyndon

8-Player DII: Axtell

6-Player: Bird City-Cheylin

National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)
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The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) is the overarching governing body of high school football. Below are links to NFHS Football publications.

2024 Football Rules Changes

Call the Game (CTG)
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Call the Game (John Dehan) is the Director of Officials, assigning basketball officials for the following high schools:

  • Crossroads Conference

  • Eastern Kansas League (EKL)

  • Meadowlark Conference

  • Sunflower League

  • United Kansas Conference (UKC)

The Call the Game Sport Coordinators for football are Gary Laskowski & Chris Wolsleger.

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