The calls made by officials are constantly scrutinized at every level, so it's important that officials learn from each other and spend plenty of time discussing their decisions. For this very reason, USA Football has made sure that its Web site is designed to be helpful and interactive for its members.
For some officials, the end of football season calls for a much-needed vacation. Their job can be a tough task trying to call a perfect game while handling the personalities of coaches and players. Yet even when the off-season begins, some officials are still putting in dedicated work for others.
Tony Michalek, USA Football Director of Officiating and an NFL umpire, has spent his off-season serving aspiring officials both nationally and abroad.
One of the most integral pieces to every football game is the officiating. It can have a profound impact on any game at any level. This is one reason why Ben Heugel, a USA Football officiating member from the West Coast Officials Assocation (WCOA) in the Tampa area, and Steve Strimling, the instructional chair of the San Fernando Valley Football Unit, thought it would be wise - and extremely helpful - to enroll their officials in USA Football's Certified Officiating Education Program (COEP).