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Welcome to the Capital Area Football Officials website. This website is dedicated to providing the best possible officiating for high school football in the Mid Penn Conference.  


Our mission is to provide the best possible high school football officials in the state of Pennsylvania.  We promote sportsmanship and professionalism at all times. It is our goal to promote officiating, recruiting new members interested in officiating, educate these officials, and train them to officiate at the highest possible level.

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The Capital Area Football Officials Association continues to be in need of quality individuals to become football officials. Potential officials will be provided quality training and mentorship to help one achieve their goals as an officials. Please click here: Become An Official

CAFOA officials chosen for NCAA Playoffs and Bowl Games

Congratulations to several CAFOA officials who were chosen to officiate several NCAA Bowl  and playoff games.

FBS Playoff (D1) Las Vegas Bowl-Oregon St vs University of Florida
Jerry Hocker


FBS Playoff (D1) Celebration Bowl-Jackson State vs North Carolina Central
Mike Williams

FCS Playoff (D1) North Dakota atWeber St
Todd Rombach

FCS Playoff (D1) Gardner-Webb at Eastern Kentucky Univ
Mike Davis

MAC/Centennial Bowl- Ursinus at Kings Univ
Kevin Bevenour

MAC/Centennial Bowl-Muhlenberg at Lebanon Valley
Ken Broome
Aaron Lewis

Collegiate Sprint League Championship-Army v Navy
Sonya Essis

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Tom Dunleavy retires after 35 years of service

On Friday 10/28, the CAFOA celebrated a great career and the retirement of Tom Dunleavy Jr. Tom's contributions to the CAFOA can not be measured. We will forever be grateful for his service to our chapter and the Mid Penn football community.

Please read the Penn live article which covered Tom's final game. Click HERE to read the article.

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5 Questions: Tom Dunleavy Jr. turns in the whistle after 35 years of football officiating.  Click on Image above to be linked to Sentinel paper article

Sonya Essis selected to officiate NCAA Collegiate Sprint Football League Championship

The CAFOA proudly announces Sonya Essis has been selected to officiate the NCAA Collegiate Sprint Football Leagues Championship game between Army & Navy at the Naval Academy. The game can be viewed on ESPN+ this Sunday (Nov 13th) at 12pm.

Playoff 7 Officials Mechanics provided by the PIAA

Please review the 7 official mechanics presentations provided by the PIAA.

Click on image above to be link to the Larry Foster/Dave Blair's  7 Officials Mechanics for playoffs.

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Click on PIAA Logo to be link to the PIAA Football Mechanics for  7 officials

CAFOA Playoff Crews Announced

The CAFOA proudly announces it 2022 playoff crews. Please log into the Officially Only sections to see the full list of crews.

Congratulations to the following chapter members. They have been selected to represent our chapter as the PIAA state crew.

Referee: Matt Fries

Umpire: Mike Swatt

Head Linesman: Brian Metzger

Line Judge: Aaron Jayman

Side Judge: JT Noll

Field Judge: Dave Spizzirri Sr.

Back Judge: Kevin Bevenour

CAFOA wins PIAA Convention's Chapter Recognition Award

Kevin Bevenour, CAFOA Chapter President, proudly accepts the PIAA Convention's Chapter Award at the PIAA Annual Convention on August 6th,2022. This award is presented each year to the chapter with the most amount of chapter members at the convention. The CAFOA had 31 members or 1/4 of its total membership in attendance. The CAFOA has made an effort to improve officiating in its chapter by attending and improving educational opportunities.

Zoom Meeting Brings 5 NCAA D1 Refs to the Capitol Area Chapter  of PIAA Football Officials

The CACPFO was fortunate to have 5 seasoned NCAA Division One Officials participate in a Zoom meeting with our chapter on 5/6.  Jerry Hocker, our current District 3 Assignor and NCAA Division One ACC Side Judge, reached out to several of his colleagues to discuss a variety of topics. All 5 officials shared tips, experiences and advice that will help each individual and our chapter as a whole.

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Dan Capron- Referee Big 10-Retired 2019

2017 National Championship Game (Georgia vs. Alabama)

2016 Big Ten Conference Championship Game

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Jeff Heaser-Referee ACC

2015 ACC Conference Championship Game

2018 Rose Bowl (Oklahoma - Georgia) - National Semi Final

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Duane Heydt-Referee ACC 

2017 Rose Bowl (PSU -USC) 

2018 Orange Bowl (Alabama - Oklahoma) - National Semi Final

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John O'Neil-Referee Big 10

Big Ten Conference Championship Game

2014 BCS Championship Game ( Florida State vs Auburn)

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Reggie Smith- Referee Big 10

Big 12 Just transferred to Big Ten

Big 12 Conference Championship Game

2016 Rose Bowl (Iowa vs Stanford)


In an effort to address the growing trend of behaviors at youth football games, the CAFOA has adopted the following Zero Tolerance Policy for Fans and Coaches. Click on logo for a copy of the Policy.

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