Promotion

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Do you want to officiate in a higher standard of football? Want to know more about the promotion structure that can take you as far as the professional game provided you have the ability? Do you want to realise your full potential as a referee?

The Referee Promotion Structure


Level 9: Trainee Referee. These are referees who have completed the basic training course and passed the examinations who have yet to complete their 6-match record of achievement.

Level 8: Youth referee (under 16)

Level 7: Junior referees not in Level 8 or below (local football referee)

Level 6: County referees (local football referee)

Level 5: Senior County referees. This classification includes referees who have served at a higher level. Where a referee has achieved a level higher than Level 5 and is then not retained, the referee is to be classified as a Level 5, with the option of further promotion in the normal way or until a status of non-active is declared by the individual.

Level 4: Referees selected to officiate as a Referee on a Supply League e.g. Wearside League, The Northern League.  In addition Level 4 officials will serve as Assistant Referees on the Contributory Leagues e.g. UniBond, North West Counties.

Level 3: Referees selected to officiate as a Referee on the National List of Contributory Leagues (e.g. Blue Square North, Unibond League, North-West Counties League). In addition, Level 3 officials will serve as Assistant Referees on either the Panel Leagues, Football League or Premier League.

Level 2: Referees selected by The FA to serve on the Panel List (Blue Square Premier, Football League Reserve and Premier League Reserve Leagues). In addition, Level 2 Referees will serve as Assistant Referees on either the Football League or Premier League.

Level 1: Referees selected by The Football Association to serve on the Referees panel of the National List (Premier and Football Leagues)

International: Referees who are on the FIFA List of Referees.

Please click HERE for a flow chart on the Promotion Structure

For further information please contact Steve Dobinson, our Referee Development Officer: Steve.Dobinson@CumberlandFA.com or phone 01900 872310

PROMOTION Frequently Asked Questions

Do you want to officiate in a higher standard of football? Want to know more about the promotion structure that can take you as far as the professional game provided you have the ability? Do you want to realise your full potential as a referee? Read on!

Who can apply?

• To be considered for promotion you need to be aged 16 or over – there is no age limit thereafter and is open to both male and female referees
• You must be prepared to referee in open age football

When does the promotion season start?

• The promotion season commences on 1st March and ends on the 28th February in the year following.

How do I take the first step from moving from a Level 7 to Level 6 referee?

• If you wish to become a Level 6 referee you must serve at least one season at Level 7 before being eligible for promotion.
• You need to inform your Referee Development Manager in writing of your intentions before 1st March prior to the following season

What happens after that?

• You will be invited to a full day Promotion Seminar in the close season where the full promotion process will be explained
• Following the seminar you then decide formally whether you wish to go ahead with your application – this will also include taking a referee examination to confirm your knowledge of the Laws of the Game.

How is promotion decided?

• Promotion is decided through assessments completed by CFA County Assessors, attendance at further training events, successful completion of a test on the Laws of the game and a satisfactory average club mark achieved in at least 15 matches of open age competitive football during the marking period. Other factors including administration and availability are also taken into account.

Is there a cost for this service?

• All promotion applicants will be asked to pay the fees paid to the assessors – this normally equates to less than a match fee and full details will be provided at the Seminar

What if I want to continue on the promotion pathway the following season?

•The same criteria apply for promotion to Level 5 with an expected higher level of competency demonstrated within the assessment process. Your personal administration with acceptance of appointments and closing dates when you are not available also assume a much higher importance. You also need to complete 5 appointments as a neutral assistant referee in order to gain promotion.

Want to know more or have any questions?

Please contact Steve Dobinson, our Referee Development Officer: Steve.Dobinson@CumberlandFA.com or phone 01900 872310.