NFL Officiating 101: Positions and Duties

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

As the NFL season heads into Week 5, I’m seeing a bunch of complaints from fans regarding the officiating. Everything from missed to horrendous calls is being written about in social media and is causing much consternation among fan bases. Some are even taking these calls personally.

As for me, I tend to be a bit of a stickler for grammar and such things. I like it when people use the correct terms for officials and I very seldom see people appropriately credit the Line Judge or Referee with doing the job they have.

So, I thought it might be time to share with you all the basics of NFL Officiating: what are the “positions” and duties of these people who seem to have more and more impact on how games are being played.

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