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NCAA DII National Championship

Michael Livingston started his officiating career in 2003 working games in the Pacific NW Football Officials Association (PNFOA). Michael served on the PNFOA board for six years and was president in 2009 and 2010. Along the way he also worked several High School Washington Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Semi-Final and Final games. 

Michael had set his sights on working college football and in 2010 was hired to work as a Head Linesman in the Northwest Intercollegiate Football Officials Association (NIFOA). In 2015 he was promoted to work DIII games at the Referee position.  

Since 2014 Michael has served as an area representative for the Seattle NIFOA. He oversees the local rules meetings for the membership and spearheads the effort to ensure that a pipeline of new talent is preparing for their chance to work college football in the coming seasons. 

Since getting into the NIFOA in 2010, Michael has worked several post-season DIII/DII playoff games. In the 2016 season he was chosen to work on the top DII crew from the NIFOA as a Head Linesman. The DII NCAA Football playoffs begin with 28 teams from around the United States. Crews are assigned to work early-round games and evaluators from the NCAA determine which crews continue to move on (much like the teams move on through the playoffs if they win). The road to working a national championship game is a difficult one, no question about that.  

Despite the long odds, the NIFOA has an impressive track record for crews working national championship games. In fact, they are one of the only conferences that can boast having officials work national championship games at the NAIA, DIII, and DII levels over the years. The 2016 season ended with yet another NIFOA crew working the final game. 

On Saturday, Dec. 17, Northwest Missouri State (14-0) took on North Alabama (11-1) at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, KS. The weather for the game was blowing snow with temperature in the single digits. The NW Missouri State Bearcats won their sixth title 29-3 over North Alabama. Michael worked the game at Head Linesman and was proud to represent the NIFOA and PNFOA. Michael is a part of the Pac-12’s developmental program and regularly attends the Stars and Stripes Academy in Salt Lake City, UT.