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NFL postseason eligibility requirements for on-field officials

[Editor’s note: The NFL has provided PFT with the following, which describes the process for choosing officials to work postseason games.]

Super Bowl Eligibility Requirements

* Highest overall percentage at each position who has not yet worked Super Bowl (must be in top five)
* Referees:
– Three years of experience as Referee and five years total (including current); and
– Playoff experience as Referee
* Other Officials:
– Five years of experience (including current); and
> Has worked Conference Championship & Wild Card/Divisional Playoff; or
> Three Wild Card/Divisional Playoffs in past five years (not including current)
* Cannot work consecutive Super Bowls
* Cannot be passed over a second time when ranked with highest overall percentage

Conference Championship Criteria

* Highest two overall percentages at each position not working the Super Bowl
* Three years of experience (including current)
* Playoff experience

Divisional Playoff Criteria – new for 2012, no longer assigned by crew

* Super Bowl official plus highest three overall percentages at each position not working the Conference Championship

Wild Card Playoff Criteria – new for 2012, no longer assigned by crew

* Highest four overall percentages at each position not working a later playoff game

Pro Bowl Criteria

* Most senior eligible official who has not worked Pro Bowl since 2001 and is not working a playoff game
* Assignment may be made for special circumstances such as retirements or special recognitions with approval of the NFLRA
* 2009 Pro Bowl in Miami is not considered

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3 Responses to “NFL postseason eligibility requirements for on-field officials”
  1. mazblast says: Jan 25, 2013 12:11 PM

    There seem to be more criteria for officiating the Pro Bowl than there are for being in it.

  2. cometkazie says: Jan 25, 2013 1:00 PM

    Those are the criteria.

    Now the question is, did the league follow them?

  3. chainbuzz says: Jan 30, 2013 12:13 AM

    How about a requirement for the playoffs and Super Bowl being the refs with the least amount of ridiculously bad calls during the season?

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