Welcome to The SouthwestERN Athletic Officials association

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The Latest from SAOA

NFHS Football Rules Change Update

Check out the latest rules information from the NHFS: https://www.nfhs.org/articles/changes-in-basic-spot-for-penalty-enforcement-headline-2023-high-school-football-rules-changes/

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2022-2023 Camp/Clinic Scholarship Opportunity

Any member in good standing may request reimbursement for a football or basketball camp he/she attended to further develop his/her officiating skills. SAOA will award up to two (2) reimbursements per sport, per membership year. Applications are due by June 15th, 2023....

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About SAOA

The MISSION of the SOUTHWESTERN ATHLETIC OFFICIALS ASSOCIATION is the enhancement of the knowledge and skills of its members in the sports designated by the active membership to assure a higher level of excellence and participation in officiating; those sports designated by the membership are football, basketball, and any other sport(s) determined by the membership. In order to fulfill the purposes outlined, coordinate and provide activities both within and outside the ASSOCIATION that encourage extensive communication and participation in a variety of professional experiences.

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Calendar & Events

Don’t miss a deadline! Stay in the know with our calendar of events highlighting meeting dates, clinics, licensing periods, officials conferences and more. 

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The Southwestern Athletic Officials Association (SAOA) has been in existence for over 40 years. The exact date the association formed is not known, but our files have records of rosters and minutes from the early 1960s. Our membership consists of men and women in the southwestern Illinois area that are licensed IHSA football and basketball officials. These members officiate amateur games and contests primarily at the high school and junior high school levels.

The SAOA is proud of the fact that over the years, many of it members have officiated at the IHSA State Finals in both football and basketball. In fact, some of our members have officiated IHSA State Finals in multiple sports. In addition, a large percentage of our members have advanced to officiate at the collegiate level in both sports as well.