Flag football continues to show dramatic growth and is one of the fastest growing sports in North America and the world!  This means that as the sport grows in popularity the greater the need for more and more officials.  Becoming a referee is not only a great way to make money, it helps you stay active and provides a valuable service to younger players enjoying all the benefits and fun of flag football!


  • You can start officiating at the age of 13, however only for the younger age divisions
  • We provide free training for new referees, as well as refresher clinics for returning referees.  Dates and times will be announced ahead of the season start.
  • Every referee is required to register online and obtain their Football Manitoba/Football Canada Fee Membership. This is a yearly fee.
    Starting in 2021 Football Canada is implementing 2 different memberships: a Non-Contact Official membership and a Tackle Official membership.  Officials that referee both will have to obtain both memberships, however the Football Manitoba annual membership will only be charged to officials once within the calendar year.
  • Referees are required to supply their own jerseys.  You may purchase your own through the Football Manitoba office (approx $35).
  • Referees will receive their assignments through our website referee platform.
  • All earnings for officiating is paid out at the end of the season.  There are no deductions from your pay unless you have a balance owing.  i.e. your unpaid registration or a jersey purchase.

Download the 2021 Flag Manual

If you are interested in officiating flag football or would like more information, please email or contact:


The MFRA is an association created in 2002 to provide officiating and time keeping services to the Manitoba Minor Football Association (MMFA) and the Manitoba Girls Football Association *MGFA) for the following tackle football divisions:

Crunchers (ages 8-9)
Atom (ages 10-11)
Pee Wee (ages 12-13)
Bantam (ages 14-15)
Junior Girls
Senior Girls

The MFRA is also responsible for the Football Manitoba Flag Referees that officiate flag football for all divisions, from age 7-17. The MFRA has approximately 70 members with varying degrees of skill level and is committed to insuring that youth football is a safe and fun environment for all participants in our communities and ensure that all have a fair opportunity to participate.

Information and forms available for Download:
Welcome to MFRA
Application for New Members
Clinic Information
Level 1 Online Course registration information

TREASURER Chris MacNeil 
SECRETARY Larry Draho 
MEMBER AT LARGE Krista Paradowski 


The Manitoba Football Officials Association was formally established in 1951. Since that time it has been providing tackle football officials to most leagues within the Province of Manitoba. These leagues operate within the City of Winnipeg and the surrounding area. At the present time, the MFOA provides officials and timekeepers for players aged 15 years and above. This includes local community club and high school leagues through to senior players competing nationally at the university, senior and junior levels. While we are an amateur association, we strive to maintain the highest officiating standards and thus conduct on-going training and development of our football officials through the delivery of nationally recognized training clinics. The MFOA is a member of the Canadian Football Officials Association (CFOA), Football Manitoba, and Football Canada.

The CFOA coordinates national training and development of officials through the production of approving training materials and evaluation procedures. This ensures consistent levels of expertise and procedures across the country, which is critical when officials and teams travel from one region to another. As well, the CFOA has the responsibility of maintaining the approved rule book, and for coordinating updates and changes to this book. It is a member of Football Canada.

Football Manitoba is the governing body for football within the province. It is ultimately responsible for administering all aspects of the game here in Manitoba. It is an organization of volunteers dedicated to the promotion of all those things that lead to excellence and participation in the sport of Football. Its main role is that of facilitator and arbitrator of football related matters. Programs and services of Football Manitoba are funded by Sport Manitoba. It is also a member of Football Canada.


Thunder Bay Football Officials Association (TBFOA)

The Thunder Bay Football Officials Association consists of a group of officials who primarily officiate high school games in the City of Thunder Bay, ON.

Although they are not official members of the Thunder Bay Minor Football Association they also will assist with officiating minor football games in the area. If you are seeking more information or are would like to become a referee, please contact:

Steve Parry