Michael VanderVelde will be the referee for the first XFL Championship Game since the 2001 Million Dollar Game.
Vandervelde has his entire crew from the regular season for this game.
“We really felt like all of our crews did a really good job, but with Mike and his crew, they just stood out,” said vice president of officiating and playing rules innovation Dean Blandino in a news release. “Things you look for, especially from a referee: How do they manage the game? How do they communicate? Do they look like they’re in control? Mike just has that command.”
“The best referees that I’ve been around are the ones that are in control of the game, that have that command, that have that presence,” Blandino continued. “He has that. Sometimes football can get a little out of whack and crazy things can happen. He just seems to handle it really well.”
VanderVelde is handling his second major game of this calendar year. He headed the officiating crew in Penn State’s win in the Rose Bowl. He moved up from the Mountain West to the Big 12 Conference in 2020.
“We have unbelievable crews and unbelievable officials,” VanderVelde said in the news release. “To be selected was humbling. It’s an honor. We worked hard. Our crew worked exceptionally hard in the spring, as did everybody else.”
This is VanderVelde’s first season working any of the spring pro leagues, as is the case with four of his crewmates.
The replay official and ball spotter for the championship game were assigned to all Alamodome games this season.
|Pro League Yrs||Conference||2022 bowls|
|R||Michael Vandervelde||1||Big 12||ROSE|
|U||Krystle Apellaniz||1||Mountain West||HULA|
|DJ||Rod Ammari||3||Pac-12||MUSIC CITY|
|LJ||Darren Deckard||1||Big 12||PINSTRIPE BIG 12 CHAMP|
|BJ||David Ross||3||Pac-12||DUKE’S MAYO|