Officials will continue working USFL games before heading to NFL in 2023
In last two years, 17 of 22 new NFL officials have come from the USFL
Nearly all 48 current USFL Officials in the NFL Officiating Development Program
CANTON, Ohio, April 20, 2023 – As the USFL prepares to kick-off Week 2 in the shadow of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the League received some welcome news from the NFL. Nine USFL Game Day Officials were selected yesterday to officiate games for the upcoming NFL 2023 season. With nearly all 48 USFL Officials participating in the NFL Officiating Development Program, the close relationship between the two leagues continues to benefit fans by improving football officiating.
Nine of 12 new NFL Officials coming from the USFL shows that our leagues share the same exacting standards of officiating,” said Mike Pereira, USFL Head of Officiating. “We’re proud that in just two years, the NFL has selected 17 of its 22 new officials from the USFL. It demonstrates that our close relationship benefits everyone, especially for football fans.”
USFL Position (#)Name (First Last)College Conference
Referee (10) James Carter SEC
Umpire (42) Scott Campbell Big 12
LJ (58) Walter Flowers SEC
LJ (17) Brett Bergman Big 10
FJ (56) Jason Ledet Big 12
SJ (98) Frank Steratore Big Ten
BJ (13) Martin Hankins SEC
BJ (11) Tyree Walton Big 12
DJ (16) Brian Sakowski ACC
Last year during the USFL’s first season, the NFL selected eight officials – this group included Robin DeLorenzo, who became just the third female official to join the NFL. Now in its second season, the USFL officiating staff includes seven women.
The USFL is a league of opportunity not only for players and coaches, but also for NFL-caliber officials,” said Pereira. “All 48 USFL officials this season have strong college experience and have proven to be ready for the professional level. The USFL is also a fan-first league, so we’re proud to provide football fans the best officiating possible to get the calls right.”
While Pereira leads the USFL Replay Command Center in Los Angeles, Pac-12 referee Steve Strimling returns for his second year as the USFL Coordinator of Officiating. Former NFL official Ronnie Baynes is the USFL Game Supervisor.
The USFL uses the same 7-person crew as the NFL (referee, umpire, down judge, line judge, field judge, side judge, back judge). For its second season now at four host stadiums in Canton, Detroit, Birmingham, Ala., and Memphis, Tenn., the USFL has 48 officials divided into six crews. For flexibility in scheduling, some crews have more than one official in the same position. Current USFL Officials (including * NFL selection) are listed by their position and number with their college conference:
Fast, physical, and fun, the USFL is a fan-first, stand-alone professional spring football league that completed a remarkably successful inaugural season in 2022. Run by experienced football leaders, the USFL kicked-off April 15, 2023, becoming the first nationally televised spring league in nearly 40 years to begin a second season. FOX Sports and NBC Sports are official media partners, presenting all 43 regular- and postseason games for the eight-team league that plays in Detroit, Canton, Ohio, Birmingham, Ala., and Memphis, Tenn. Former NFL Dallas Cowboys player and current FOX NFL analyst Daryl Johnston is President of Football Operations. Former NFL Vice President of Officiating and current FOX NFL analyst Mike Pereira is Head of Officiating. “United By Football,” USFL fans can find scheduling and ticketing information attheUSFL.comand follow onTwitter,Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok.