Manitoba Football Officials Association   (MFOA)

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.


President – Chris Donaldson
Past President – Dale Jacobsen
Vice-President Evaluation and Performance Assessment – Daniel Doerksen
Vice-President Recruitment and Training – Garrett Rusnak
Vice-President Finance – Jim Peters
Vice-President Assignments – Dale Jacobsen
Vice-President Communications – Mark Schmidtke
Member-at-Large Social – Jamie Bernard
Member-at-Large Equipment – Matt Lothian
Member-at-Large Fundraising – Lori Turski
Referee-in-Chief – John Paul Chorney
Canada West/Prairie Football Conference Supervisor – Ken Lazaruk
Canadian Football Officials Association Representative – Brian Goodman
Website Coordinator – Luc Therrien


506-145 Pacific Avenue

Winnipeg, Manitoba