Upcoming GDF Courses

      Cal North Affiliated Members with GDF programs

      How old do I have to be to be a GDF?

      A Game Day Facilitator has to be at least 13 years old. However if over the age of 18, you must complete your risk management requirements. 

      Do I need to complete risk management requirements?

      Age 18 and older must complete  “Live Scan, Safesport, Background Check, and Intro to Safety ” This ensures safety for players, parents, coaches and referees.


      If under 18 years old, please complete Minor Team Official Registration and Risk Management Disclosure (Form 1660)

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      Will I get a uniform?

      On the day of the game, a coach will provide you with a pinnie and if possible an electronic whistle.

      Will I get paid as a GDF?

      Each host will offer their own incentives to do this program. 

      How much does it cost to become a GDF?


      What is the cost to the host?

      Instructor is the cost to the host. The host is responsible for paying for the Risk Management and hosting the “course/event.”

      Why a facilitator?


      A person or thing that makes an action or process easy or easier.

      Can I assist with competitive games as a GDF?


      Policy 531-8—Assignment of Game Officials Section “Unregistered Referee in Emergency If, because of unforeseen circumstances, a currently registered referee is unable to officiate or does not appear for an assigned match, a person may then be designated at match time to act as referee in the emergency for that one match.

      How does the host organization set up to become a GDF?

      The host needs to create a new program registration through GotSport. 

      How to Set a New Program Registration in Gotsport


      Need additional help?

      Please Contact your Member Service Representative. 

      District 1-4: Dane Denkers


      Districts 5-9: Angelica Rangel


      Sample Flyer

      Sample Flyers

      English version

      Spanish version

      If you are a District or Club and would like a personalized flyer for your use, please contact Javier Arellano at jarellano@calnorth.org

      Interested in a GDF Course?

      Interested in becoming a GDF?


      I think the GDF is a great program. Not only does it help fill a gap for referees, but it has the potential to inspire parents, like me, to become licensed referees. I’ve already progressed to reffing high school games and will be reffing at the U13 State Cup in Hayward this weekend. 
      - Randy at BUSC


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      "By the way I was in your GDF for BUSC in Pleasanton back in August. I’m the one who brought and handed out the Fox 40 Whistles. I enjoyed refereeing as a GDF so much, I went and complete my Referee License."


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