Welcome to the website of the Australian Gridiron Officials Association (AGOA)!
The AGOA is comprised of the members of all of the Officials Associations in Australia. Although there are many engineers and IT gurus among our members,
Our members are drawn from active leagues in Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, and the ACT. If you’re near a major
metropolitan area in one of these states and are interested in becoming an official, please visit our contacts page. Rural and regional participants and people in
We welcome participation from local and international officials in our State and National competition season and really appreciate the opportunity to learn and
This is an exciting time for Gridiron football in Australia, as recent developments as players and officials take up opportunities to participate in the sport at a range
We’re also interested in building networks with other Gridiron officials around the world. After all, officials everywhere face similar challenges!
2013 Officiating Hall of Fame Inductee
Posted: 24 April 2013
Tony Martin from Victoria is the 2012 inductee into the Officiating Hall of Fame.
Tony has made an outstanding contribution to gridiron over the past 18 years and has committed much
In 2009 he became the first Australian official to be appointed to an IFAF World Cup when he officiated
· 2005 World Games (Germany) - officiated Championship Game
· 4 Senior & 1 Junior National Championship games (Referee for Snr game in 2005)
· 16 VicBowl appearances (8 as referee)
· 2007 Gridiron Victoria 'Official of the Year' (as voted by the coaches)
Treasurer of the VGOA since 1997, Tony has also served as their training officer since 2003, creating the
His comprehensive knowledge and understanding of rules and mechanics, coupled with his ability to explain
2013 Junior Nationals
Posted: 25 April 2013
First v Second Place Crew
1st & 2nd place - NSW 7 WA 0 - Shawn Willis (BJ), Scott Milway (U), Paul Taylor (R), Graham Wilson (L), Greg Evers (LJ)
Third v Fourth Place Crew
3rd & 4th place - SA 35 Qld 14 - Brian Harwood (LJ), John Boss (R), Eddie Fitch (U), Lucas Haynes (BJ), Kevn Chen (L)
Fifth v Sixth Place Crew
5th & 6th place - Vic 20 ACT 6 - Gordon Tuft (L), Patrick Cuddihy (BJ), Julian Leonard (R),Tony Pegler (U), Alec Valcanis (LJ) (640x424)
2013 Junior Nationals Panel
Bill LeMonnier 2013 Gold Whistle Award Recipient
Posted: 11 March 2013
Big Ten football referee Bill
LeMonnier, who was the guest supervisor at the 2010
The presentation is set for
Tuesday, July 30, at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids,
LeMonnier, 64, who resides in
Tinley Park, Ill., is a former educator. For many years
choose to advance. He is a “go-to guy” for fellow officials who have questions regarding
rules, mechanics and philosophy. He is also is one of the writers of the annual CFO
national football test.
“The selection of Bill
LeMonnier as this year’s recipient was an easy one and it was
Junior Nationals 2013
Posted: 4 December 2012
Here are the documents for those interested in applying to attend the upcoming tournament in Canberra over the Easter holidays.
Posted: 3 August 2012
Clyde Summers, currently upgrading to Level 3 in officiating, chose to holiday in India last month and managed to find some American footballers looking for a referee.
He sent back his news to fellow officials in Queensland by e-mail. Read about his interesting adventures below.
Just popped into an internet cafe in the Lakhamdwala Markets, Mumbai...google map it if int'd....get an hour for A$.40....that is 40 cents....
Arrived in Mumbai on Friday around 8 pm...got to my hotel....shower did not work....but too tired to care. I got the hotel night manager to find
MeghaCity Hotel is was....very old style hotel with the kind of lifts with the sliding cage doors and operated by a lift operator. Great fun. Room
I got an EFLI shirt and they provided some really comfy cleated football shoes also as I was in street shoes. I asked him how did he want the
Lines were chalked and NO hashmarks at all....we just placed the ball in the middle and left it at that. They had sideline markers and pylons and the
I after the pomp and ceremony we got the team captains to the middle of the field in proper fashion (briefings do work when people listen). Did the
Youtube video of game:
Several first downs into the game after ignoring and warning the players to stop when they heard a whistle I finally flagged them for piling on....
We ran 16 (?) minutes quarters continuous like the juniors games and gave them plenty of time between scores and ball turnovers. Surprising only
I got the information I wanted to get though...who does what and how...and they are all calling the events from the US...no big decisions made in
So....after the game and chatting to all the important people involved (except for the Bollywood chic :( ) I re-found my hotel and checked out the
So after gorging myself I waddled up to my room too tired to shower and fell into bed and out like a light. I managed to remember to book a taxi
Time almost up....see ya'll after the 16th.
Junior World Cup 2012, Austin Texas
Posted 22 July 2012
David Sinclair's first posting from refereeing in the Junior World Cup this year is below. David is taking copious note for consolidation
and distribution on his return and he's also getting some great presentations that will really help explain some of the mechanics on coverage.
Day 0 - Arrival Day
outside and I’m loving it. Only major problem so far was one that Bryan and I experienced before the Oceania Bowl. The TSA in Phoenix screened
my officiating bag twice because of the lead weights in my bean bags. So I’m ordering new ones from Honigs tomorrow. More tomorrow.
Well I did get my standby flight and got in 3 hours earlier than planned. Unfortunately my bag actually beat me to Austin and was locked in an
unattended office when I arrived, so a lesson was learned. In addition to always carrying your gear, also carry a change of clothes.
I got to spend some social time with Bill LeMonnier who sends his best wishes to all who he met in 2010.
The day closed with the Welcome Dinner, followed by a briefing from Bill about the outcomes of the Technical Meeting. Tomorrow the games begin.
Day 2 - Let the games begin
There were four games today with local officials doing the first two games while we had a Mechanics Review Meeting. It’s good to hear how the
game in enforced and managed in other parts of the world. We then had a choice of extending the meeting or having lunch, so as we are all
dedicated officials…..we had lunch.
As I was in the last game of the day I haven’t seen much of the other games, and I won’t spoil things by telling you the results if you are wanting to
watch the games. The American Samoa v USA games was amazing. It was played at an extremely fast pace and we had to work extremely hard
to keep up. We are expecting to get ripped over a number of plays which we know we should have managed better. The next two days are video
review days so we’ll be able to catch our breath. Farewell
Day 3 - First day of Video Review
The one thing about going to tournaments is the chance to watch yourself on video in an open forum with your peers. Well that started today. We
reviewed the Canada v Sweden game over about 2.5 hours. We saw a lot and discussed a lot for only 35 minutes of video.
After lunch we continued to review video and do some more team bonding, so we “reviewed” the 2012 Euro Cup final live at a local bar. The rest
of the patrons sure did enjoy our European crew mates cheer and groan as the game went on.
Tomorrow the sanity (??) returns as we review the American Samoa v USA video. This should be fun. Farewell from Austin where another cool
change came through today with some rain dropping the temperature to just 36c.
Day 4 - Second day of Video Review
Today we reviewed the American Samoa v USA game. It’s amazing how the pace of the game is not reflected in the End Zone or Sideline videos.
Although I did have the camera glasses on and they really did show the chaos of the game and probably provided very little useful video.
Once the review was done it was time to stimulate the American Economy at the local Shopping Mall. Afterwards it was dinner at a BBQ Restaurant
and then a night of Minor League Baseball. It may sound like fun, but the bonding that took place all day should show improvement in our performance
over the next two days.
There have been only two crew changes for he next two days. My Head Linesman is moving to Bill’s crew for one game, and I’m Bill’s Umpire in the
other. This should be fun to see how a Big Ten Referee manages a game at very close range. So let the next round of games begin in a very warm
Day 5 - Losers Round
This is probably not a great sounding title, but it’s accurate. The JWC is a winner plays winner, loser plays loser format. And my crew was also a loser
with the 5pm game being played in the hot Texas sun. It was 35C at kickoff and we felt every degree. The strongest emphasis in the JWC has been
hydration and lots of it. We all started hydrating yesterday and we still struggled, and we have another day with the same temperatures tomorrow. And
during the games we take water at every break, NO EXCEPTIONS! ‘cos if you get to the point that you are thirsty, it’s too late!
The evening game was played in amazing conditions. 26C with a cool breeze, a great night for football. My crew left a halftime so that we could free
up the transport for the second crew and so that we could have dinner before midnight.
I wore the camera glasses again today and I’m hoping that I got some good vision. We have also trialled the radio headsets for communicating between
crew members. We had three sets for use by the Referee, Side Judge and Headlinesman. Side Judge has game clock responsibilities in the JWC.
The final outcome, good idea, JWC is not the place to trial it.
So farewell from Texas on what is a beautiful evening in the Lone Star State.
Day 6 - Winners Round
Today the teams that won on Day 1 playoff to determine who plays for what Medal. Our preparation was doing a brief video review of yesterday’s games.
You can actually see on the game video how we have improved as officials and as crews in just 6 days. Any defensiveness from the first video review has
gone and we are all in full-on learning mode. All egos are checked at the door, and at the Change Room. And the best feature is that as the early crew
walks off the field the late crew shakes everyones hand, and then the early crew go out and support the late crew when they head out to the field.
Officially the temperature was about 95F, 35C, at kickoff. I have one word for that figure, and it is good fertilizer. It was easily over 100F, 38C, but the
second half was cooler with it being just under 100F. The teams are great at bringing fluids out to us all through he game. Before we have even written
the time of a timeout they are standing next to us with at least one water bottle.
I have to say that the experience of working with Bill today was amazing. We got a complaint about a punch being thrown and he came over to let me
know about the complaint, but spoke loud enough so that all the defense could hear him. Needless to say we had no more problems with stray arms.
We had a problem with the offense and multiple substitutions so Bill gave me the T sign and I got over the ball so that it couldn’t be snapped. Well the
offense was so confused they had to call a timeout, but not before Bill just looked at me and shrugged his shoulders trying not to laugh.
Tomorrow is a totally free day with just a dinner planned. This will be the last chance for the officials to get together before we all leave on Sunday/Monday.
Also our goffer Ted will be joining us. He’s really the 15th official at these games. If we haven’t got something, he’ll get it. If we need to go somewhere,
he drives us. None of us will forget his efforts to make our stay in Austin the memorable experience it has been.
Day 7 - A day of rest
After the battle through two consecutive days of games with the temperatures in the high 30’s at kickoff for the early game it was a pleasant relief to
have a totally free day. No meetings at all, other than a crew dinner as it will be the last time for all of us to get together in a social environment before we
start leaving on Sunday.
Bill announced the assignments for the remaining two days. As with all assignments at World Cups you cannot work your own country’s games. So this
does complicate the assignments in all games. It could be argued that we are officials and our responsibility is to the game. However, IFAF have set
those rules in place and when you accept your assignment to the World Cup it is explained to you repeatedly.
At the dinner tonight Bill presented Ted with an award from all of us. Ted was so humbled by it, and even as a former coach he said that he has had
just the greatest time meeting with us all, and helping us out in any way that he can. We all now doubt that he will get back into coaching once the other
coaches find out how he helped a bunch of officials.
It was also announced at the dinner that my Crew Chief, Frank Rasmussen from Denmark, has been appointed as Director of Officiating for IFAF
taking over from Tony Michalek who stepped down today. Tony is an NFL Umpire, or at least will be once again when the NFL decides to settle their
EBA discussions with the officials.
Well it’s an early farewell from Texas. Our rest day is over and the final ranking games are set to begin.
Day 8 - Games for rankings 5-8
Today is the second last day of games and it featured the games to determine the teams to be ranked 5 through 8. Our day started slowly with a
mid-morning meeting to go through outcomes from the Technical Meeting from the previous evening. The only issues for us were use of coaches
headsets when one team’s headset fail, and a play that occurred in my second game which the coach felt was incorrectly ruled on.
IFAF currently do not have a rule to cover malfunctioning headsets, so Bill applied the Big 10 rules to which one coach objected. So it has been
agreed that for the remainder of this tournament we will present the coaches with options during the pregame conference and we will apply the
The play situation went to Rogers Redding, editor of the rule book for interpretation. What came back was a comment that he rules are unclear
on this situation, something that needs to be changed.
I lucked out and got to work the 5pm game and 36C at kickoff. It is actually getting easier to work these hot games as we are getting better and better
preparing for them. The game was actually a lot closer than had been anticipated, which made time fly past quickly, very important in this heat.
So all that is left now is the Medal Games tomorrow. Hopefully the forecast top of 34C comes and goes before the early kickoff. So farewell from
Day 9 - The Final Day
The final day turned out to be the best day of the Championships, as it should be. We had the two closest games of the week, the shortest game of
the week, the fewest penalties for a game of the week, and the coolest temperature at kickoff of the week. We even had some light rain which was
I’ve been very fortunate to have worked with every official on the panel and to have worked every team in the Championships. I’m proud to say that
my crew did he Gold Medal game too, even though I couldn’t join them due to a country conflict with my fellow Umpire.
To offset that I’ve had the honor and privilege to have been Bill LeMonnier’s Umpire in two games. He makes the Referee position seem so easy,
and he has left me with some great memories.
So the Championships are done for another year. This has been a great experience which I can thoroughly recommend to one and all. And if I was
to leave you with one piece of advice it would be this, check your ego at the door and let the players decide the game.
Officiating for the 2012 Distributed Senior Nationals Championships
Posted: 17 January 2012
In 2012 the Senior National Championships will be held across several States to simplify travel arrangements. Please find the appplication forms
Volunteer for Gridiron Officiating
Posted: 17 January 2012
Advertisements for volunteer officials are now posted to Seek Volunteer under the keyword gridiron.
2011 Qualifying exam released
This years exam is now available. All officials are invited and encouraged to download, complete and submit it before Sunday 28th August (the closing date).
See the downloads, Training and Accreditation section, under Exams.
Based on feedback from last year, the format has been changed and questions split into three Sections as follows:
Each section is intended to be a little bit more challenging than the one before it. This has been done to give officials the choice of which Level pass they wish to aim for. If you wish to gain or maintain a "Level 1 (Foundation)" pass you need only answer Section 1 which should shorten the time taken to compete the exam.
More experienced officials, especially those wishing to be considered for appointment to National level games, would be expected to attempt at least Section 2 as well and those wishing to gain or maintain a "Level 3 (Advanced)" pass would need to complete all sections and achieve the appropriate pass mark.
To recognise the fact that each section is intended to be a little harder and to still meet the benchmark scores set out in the Training and Accreditation program, a combination scoring system has been introduced. For more information about all these changes refer to the preamble to the exam. All officials are encouraged to read the notes before attempting the exam.
Any questions regarding the format,or scoring system can be sent to the compiler, Paul Mercer @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted: 26 June 2011
Here is the ruling on the temporary trial of umpire in the offensive backfield as opposed to in the defensive secondary.
Posted: 26 June 2011
Please check with your State President and visit the insurance portal to renew your cover, if appropriate.
IFAF 2011 World Championship
Posted: 16 June 2011
Congratualtions to Paul Mercer on being selected to officiate at the upcoming IFAF event in Austria with the likes of Bill Le Monier, Katarina Milojkevic
Sun Devils on "Totally Wild"
Posted: 13 June 2011
Web Sites and Resources
Posted: 11 June 2011
Here is the link to the latest edition of the officiating newsletter for football officials in Denmark, Europe and beyond.
Whether joining for the first time or renewing, membership fees ($100US) are now due (June 1st)
Other sites of interest:
Officiating.com ( annual subscription $50 US )
www.replayboothapp.com (App software for IPAD and other tablets like the Xoom to view, edit and notarize game video in .mp4, .mov, .3gpp...basically any QuickTime format. Any format compatibility is in the works)
Posted - 26 April 2011
The CFO have issued guidelines for the application and enforcement of the changes to the Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalty - read the attached document
Rule on Blocking Below the Waist Revised
Posted - 11 March 2011
The rules committee have made some important changes to the rule for blocking below the waist for the
NCAA 2011 Rule Update Discussion Period in March 2011
Posted - 3 March 2011
Just when you thought it could not possibly get any more exciting in College football, the 2011 rule changes are out for discussion.
Hurry and add your thoughts to the decision-making process, mainly via our AGOA Executive if you have some constructive
Here is the current discussion document.
IFAF Referee Survey
Posted 1 March 2011
IFAF is conducting a survey (see link below) to help in shaping the IFAF Strategic Plan and is
collecting data through Monday, April 4. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey.
Thanks and regards,
Bill Lemonnier on The New Emphasis
Posted - 22 February 2011
Here is another professional development article from Bill. It discusses the growing importance of preparing to officiate to prevent head and neck injuries.
One example of this is the change to an awareness of the impact of defensive team infractions at the snap.
Junior Nationals Officiating Panel Announced
Posted - 15 January 2011
The following officials will be on the panel for this event.
Congratulations to the above officials who will be provided with further information as it comes to hand.
More from Bill
Posted - 20 January 2011
Here is another aticle from Bill whom we hosted at last year's Senior Nationals as guest speaker, referee supervisor and referee.
Officiating Philosophies by Bill LeMonnier
Posted - 13 January 2011
Bill LeMonnier has recently written on "cheap shots" and the like at the following web site:
IFAF Senior World Championship Game Times Announced
Posted - 4 January 2011
From the Austria 2011 website. Group A Teams will be based at Innsbruck and Group B Teams at Graz for their game appearances.
See the article below for further details.
Downunder Official in "Inside American Football"
Posted - 4 January 2011
See the News section for the full article.
Junior Nationals, 2011
Posted - 15 December 2010
The tournament will run from Sunday 17th April to Saturday 23rd April 2011 with match days being Monday 18th, Wednesday 20th and Friday 22nd.
The venue for the event is the Sydney Academy of Sports and Recreation (SASR) which is located on the Northern Beaches of Sydney in the
Three local officials and seven non-local officials will be selected for the officiating crews and two additional officials will be on standby for unforseen
It is expected that the weather will be temperate at that time of year, with temperatures around 22 degrees Celsius at sea level.
Please see the following documents:
GROUPS AND SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED FOR 2011 INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF AMERICAN FOOTBALL SENIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Eight Nations From Four Continents Will Compete In Austria In July 2011
Posted: 25 November 2010
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2010 - PARIS, FRANCE - The groups and game schedule have been announced for the fourth IFAF Senior World Championship of American Football, which will be played in Austria from July 8-16, 2011.
The Austrian capital of Vienna will host the Gold and Bronze Medal games and the fifth and seventh place playoffs as the senior national teams of eight nations from four continents assemble in Europe for the International Federation of American Football showpiece tournament. Two groups of four teams will play in the cities of Innsbruck and Graz in the quest to earn a place in the medal games.
"Never before have there been more participants, better stadiums or greater expectations in the history of the IFAF Senior World Championship," said MICHAEL ESCHLBOECK, President of the American Football Bund Österreich (Austrian Federation of American Football).
Host Austria is matched in Group B with European Championship runner up France, first time entrant on the world stage at senior level Canada, and either Japan or Korea, who meet for the right to represent AFAF (Asian Federation of American Football) in Tokyo on February 26.
Either two-time champion (1999 and 2007) Japan or Korea will face home team Austria and an anticipated vociferous home crowd on Saturday, July 9 in Graz, while France and Canada meet in the other Group B game.
Each team will face its group opponent once and from the final standings the group winners will advance to the IFAF Senior World Championship Game to play for the Gold Medal on Saturday, July 16 in the Austrian capital Vienna. The two second-placed teams will contest the Bronze Medal in Vienna on Friday, July 15.
IFAF Senior World Championship Groups
IFAF Senior World Championship Schedule
Japan won the first IFAF Senior World Championship played in Palermo in Italy with a 6-0 overtime victory over Mexico. Four years later in Frankfurt, Germany, Japan ran out 34-14 winners over Mexico. In 2007 on home soil in Kawasaki, Japan took the United States to double overtime before finally surrendering the world title they had held for eight years by a score of 23-20.
During the nine games of the 2007 IFAF Senior World Championship, more than 22,000 fans flocked to the host stadiums and almost one million people visited the official websites.
Officials Far Afield
Posted - 18 October 2010
"As far as officiating is concerned, I am really enjoying it, and have been fortunate to get some pretty high profile games as
I was fortunate to catch up with Stephen Bowness from New Zealand) when he was across here last year, and we did a couple
After the Christmas/New Year break will be back in action in the new year for the University season."
Presentation on Concussion Management
Posted 26 August 2010
The NCAA has updated its approach to concussion management. Please familiarise yourself with the presentation on concussion.
Extra files for qualifying exam
Posted: 24 Septmeber 2010
Here are some files which are required for answering the exam:
Posted - 1 May 2010
The updated details of the AGOA structure can be found in the Governance section.
Rule changes for 2010
Posted - 26 April 2010
Last updated 13 June 2010