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Referee Promotions

REFEREE PROMOTION EXPLAINED

Once you have qualified as a referee and started officiating in Adult football, you are able to apply for promotion through The FA's Referee Development structure. To gain promotion, set criteria must be followed and your success will be based upon assessments of your refereeing performance conducted by a registered observer.

 To apply for your first promotion from Level 7 to Level 6 a referee must have officiated as a referee in a minimum of 20 games in one registration period.

  • A 'registration' period is a football season: 1st July to 31st May
  • The next 'promotion' season will run in conjunction with the football season, i.e. 1st July to 30 April.
  • Details of how to apply for promotion will be published by the Army Referee Department in May 2020.
  • Applications for promotion must be received ideally by 31 May 2020 but by 31 July 2020 at the latest.

 

PROMOTION REQUIREMENTS: Level 7 – 6

  • Complete 20 games of 11v11 football, of which a maximum of six games may be at U18 level.
  • Receive a minimum of three observations achieving an average grading of ‘Standard Expected’ or higher.
  • Attend a mandatory In-Service Training Promotion Evening during which you will need to undertake and pass an FA examination on the Laws of the Game.

In addition you are required to:

  • Provide the County FA with details of your fixtures throughout the season, including changes or cancellations.
  • Respond to all correspondence promptly and efficiently.

 

PROMOTION REQUIREMENTS: Level 6 – 5

  • Complete 20 games of 11v11 football, of which a maximum of six games may be at U18 level.
  • Receive a minimum of three observations achieving an average grading of ‘Standard Expected’ or higher.
  • Attend a mandatory In-service Training Promotion Evening during which you will need to undertake and pass an FA examination on the Laws of the Game.
  • Complete five games of 11v11 football as an assistant referee at senior level.

In addition you are required to:

  • Provide the County FA with details of your fixtures throughout the season, including changes or cancellations.
  • Respond to all correspondence promptly and efficiently.

 

PROMOTION REQUIREMENTS: LEVEL 5 – 4

Once you have reached Level 5 you can seek nomination for promotion to Level 4.

Important: To be accepted into the scheme for promotion from Level 5 to Level 4 you must take the “entry” Fitness Test detailed at point 6 below. Failure to complete the fitness test may result in the referee being removed from the Promotion Scheme.

  • Complete 20 games as a Referee of 11v11 football, of which all must be open age football.
  • Operate as an assistant referee on a minimum of 10 games on open age football.
  • Achieve an average observation mark of 70 or above on a minimum of five observations.
  • Attend a regional Promotion In-Service Training Meeting held at times and locations organised by The FA. Failure to attend at least one of these meetings will mean that you will be removed from the season’s promotion scheme.
  • Pass the required FA Laws of the Game examination, at which you will be allowed a maximum of two attempts.
  • Successfully complete an Army FA fitness test in which you must run continuously for 12 minutes, covering a minimum distance of 2600m. In addition, two 50m sprints must be completed, each in 7.5 seconds or less.

Your invitation to join the list of Supply League Referees (Level 4) is at the discretion of The FA and subject to completing an FA fitness test prior to the commencement of the season.


Click on the links below for further information:

Promotion Scheme applicant criteria L76

Promotion Scheme applicant criteria L65

Promotion Scheme applicant criteria L54