George Winn



Matt Papke


news and announcements

November 2, 2022:

The 2022 regular season wrapped up over MEA and the section playoffs will finish up this weekend. Gopher's crews have been working hard all season, watching the newly required weekly videos from the high school league, and going wherever George needed them. Well done by all. This year we have five crews selected to work the state tournament. This is a very good showing by Gopher, even though it is down from last year's eight crews.

Congratulations to the following crews that were selected to work the state tournament this year:

Matt Papke and his crew of Jason Weber, Gary Golka, Jeff Zamzow, and Larry Norland will work the 4A Prep Bowl Final at 4pm on Friday 12/2 at U.S. Bank Stadium. They will also work the 6A quarterfinal game at Stillwater High School on Thursday, 11/10 at 7PM.

Rick DeGardner and his crew of Scott Schulz, Ryan Luessenheide, Patrick Molan, and Joe Ganske will work the 6A semifinal game on Thursday, 11/17 at 7:00PM at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Matt Olson and his crew of Jeremiah Miller, Brad Wright, Josh Beck, and Tony Dahl will work the other 6A semifinal game on Friday, 11/18 at 7:30PM at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Tim Litfin and his crew of Jim Larson, Aaron Nordling, Chris Tengwall, and Nick Litfin will work a 5A semifinal game on Saturday, 11/19 at 7:00PM at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Rob Bissonette and his crew of Craig Sevick, Rolf Fiebiger, Scott Weis, and Roger Denny will work a 2A quarterfinal game on Thursday, 11/10 at 7:00PM at St. Cloud Tech High School.

As we start to look towards the 2023 season, assigner George Winn, clinician Matt Papke, and football representative Matt Olson - along with the Board of Directors - will look for ways to provide additional training and educational opportunities, whether during the offseason, preseason, or in season. More information will be provided as these details are discussed and solidified. George will also be looking at crews as usual and is looking to add new officials for the 2023 season.

August 29, 2022:

At the football meeting on August 28, Matt Olson was elected the football representative to the board of directors. In order for football officials to be eligible for state tournament games, they are required to view the weekly training videos produced by the MSHSL on the Arbiter website.

Week one of the football season is upon us, and good luck and have a great season to all the crews!

July 30, 2022:

The 2022 Gopher State Officials Football Meeting will take place at 6pm on Sunday August 28 at the Brooklyn Park Community Center, 5600 85th Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55443.

Football Dues are $65 for the 2022 season and must be paid by Monday, August 1 to avoid a $25 late fee. They can be paid online at the link to the left. This option includes a $3 processing fee. Or you can pay by sending a check to

Gopher State Officials Association

P.O. Box 24052

Minneapolis, MN 55424-9998

If the check is postmarked on Monday you'll get credit for an on time payment. After Monday, there is a $25 late fee on top of the $65.

MSHSL Officials YouTube Training Videos - watch the most recent football video below.

Beginning with the 2022 football season, all officials must watch the MSHSL training tapes via the eligibility tab on the Arbiter website in order to be eligible to officiate a state tournament game. It is the same process as taking the online training modules for preseason certification. All videos must be viewed on or before October 11, 2022. Viewing the video below or on the YouTube channel will not count.

Most Recent MSHSL Football Officiating Training Tape - 2022 Video #7

2022 MSHSL Mid Season Football Meeting

MSHSL 40/25 Play clock training tape

Referee Announcement Training Video

Gopher Football Officials in Action

Bill Lemonnier's

Football Officiating Academy

2016 Crew of Five Training Video



Forward Progress

Goal Line

Keys, Zones, Pre-Snap

Kicking Game



Player Conduct


Bill Lemonnier's 2016 training video used by permission. All rights reserved.