IFAF Europe Officiating Clinic Adds NFL Referee

The IFAF Europe 2015 Officiating Clinic, to be held February 28 to March 1, 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark, has enhanced its roster considerably with the addition of NFL head referee Carl Cheffers. Cheffers is also position trainer of referees for the PAC 12.

Cheffers has been an NFL head referee (crew chief and NFL referee #51) since 2008 after joining the NFL ranks in 2000 as a side judge. He has been refereeing since 1980 and advanced to the PAC 10 in 1995, where he worked for five seasons before being hired by the NFL.

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Cheffers explaining the finer points of a call to San Diego Charger head coach Mike McCoy

When he finally made it as a head referee in the NFL, then NFL Officiating Director Mike Pereira said of Cheffers:

“Carl has been extremely successful on the field as a side judge. He is very knowledgeable of the rules, a good rules guy. Strong presence. He was part of Larry Nemmers’ crew and he was clearly a crew leader. When we first saw Carl, we saw referee experience from him even though he had refereed basically at the small-college level.”

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Cheffers settling a minor dispute

The IFAF Europe Officiating Committee has invited national officiating organizations to register their officials for the 2015 officiating clinic. Formal documents were sent to the national federations to inform their officiating organizations. Officials should contact their national officiating organizations for information on how to apply for the clinic. There is a limited number of open spots available per national federation.

Roger Kelly is an editor and a writer for AFI. A former PR Director the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League for 7 years, he now lives in Sweden writing about and scouting American Football throughout the world.