Referees

Referee Progression Pathway

A PATH TO THE PROFESSIONAL GAME

THE NEXT CHALLENGE

Referees at grassroots level can apply for promotion at any time of the year (please contact us for dates for the higher levels). So, if you are looking to move up the ladder of officialdom, the details below might help you.

If you wish to be considered for promotion, you should first ensure that you would be able to meet the criteria laid down by The FA. Browse this page to help you decide...

Referees
male pathway

Games as a Referee: 20 (Under 14s and below)
Matchday Coaching Reports: Two
Online Development Modules: Two
Laws of the Game Test: Yes

Games as a Referee: All games contribute towards youth requirement for Level 7-6
Matchday Coaching Reports: Two
Laws of the Game Test: Yes

Games as a Referee: 25 (youth/adult, with a minimum of ten games in adult football)
Matchday Coaching Reports: Two
Online Development Modules: Two
Laws of the Game Test: Yes

Games as a Referee: 25 (youth/adult, with a minimum of 15 games in adult football)
Games as an Assistant Referee: Five
Matchday Coaching Reports: Two
Online Development Modules: Four (specifically for Level 6 officials)
Face-to-Face In-Service Training: One
Laws of the Game Test: Yes

  • Be a Level 5 Referee as of the 30th April of each season
  • Referee a minimum of 15 open-age matches
  • Complete a minimum of ten open-age assistant referee appointments
  • Have received four observations via the County FA during the period 1st August to 30th April of each season achieving an average observation mark of 70
  • Successfully complete a fitness test during the period of the 1st June to 31st December of each season. The fitness test will consist of the following: 17/22 interval run and x2 50m sprints under 7.5 seconds
  • Successfully pass a laws of the game examination
  • Attend a Level 5-4 online promotion seminar hosted by The FA

Please Note: All games at Levels 7-5 must be 9v9 or 11v11 football with offside in operation.
female pathway

Games as a Referee: 20 (Under 16s and above, with a minimum of ten games in women's football)
Games as an Assistant Referee: Three
Observations: Three
Laws of the Game Test: Yes

In addition to the above, all referee progression scheme referees must:

* be registered for the current season in which they are looking to enter the referee progression scheme
* respond to all correspondence efficiently by E-Mail
* maintain a record of all matches, where as a referee or assistant referee
* be prepared, and regularly available, to referee Saturday, Sunday and midweek matches

All referee progression scheme referees may enter the referee progression scheme at any point during the course (excluding Level 5 to 4 referee progression scheme) of the season, but would be required to get in touch with the Referees Department.