This season, the NFL is collaborating with several Historically Black Colleges and Universities’ athletic conferences as part of its ongoing efforts to develop the next generation of football officials.

Officiating coordinators from the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC), Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) will work with the NFL to identify officials who are currently in the NFL’s Intermediate Development Program that may be candidates to be hired to officiate in their conferences.

The NFL will provide feedback to the officiating coordinators and game officials about proper officiating standards and will also provide information and share best practices to help the conferences improve their football officiating programs.

NFL’s Officiating Department continuously works to build a diverse officiating pipeline to ensure that the next generation of officials is ready to officiate on the game’s biggest stage.