Referee Fitness and Promotion

Everyone has ambitions and dreams and referees are no different, whether it is to referee the FA Cup Final or to carry on refereeing regularly in your local league. For some this ambition will require you to be promoted through the refereeing ranks.

 

All promotion candidates are expected to display excellent administration skills, and are to ensure they keep their Area Coordinator informed of the games they undertake and the Central Appointments Officer informed of closed dates. Full details of how this is to be done are detailed below.

How do I go about climbing the refereeing ladder?
Everyone starts off at exactly the same place: as a Level 9 referee on a training course for beginners     
On refereeing at least six 11-a-side games and attending a three hour "Next Step Workshop", a Level 9 referee automatically becomes a Level 7 referee, unless they are aged 14 or 15, in which case they become a Level 8 referee.

Youth (Level 8) referee: 14 year old referee who are eligible to officiate only in competitions for players up to the under 13 age banding or 15 year old referee eligible to officiate only in competitions for players up to the under 14 age banding.

Promotion from Level 8 to Level 7 is easily attained: It happens automatically on the referee’s 16th birthday!

When can I apply for promotion from Level 7 to Level 6?
Once a Level 7 referee has refereed at least twenty 11-a-side games, they can apply for promotion to Level 6. Applications should be made in January. Many referees never try to progress from Level 7 to Level 6 or beyond, continuing perfectly happily at the same status for many years. All referees are however encouraged by the Jersey FA to apply for promotion to Level 6.

Can I apply for promotion from Level 7 to 5 in one season?
No. Although you can be promoted from Level 7 to 5 in one season it is the Jersey FA’s responsibility to identify candidates for accelerated promotion. In such cases all of the criteria for both promotions have to be met ie complete 40 matches in the promotion year.

Applying for promotion from Level 7 to Level 6:
If you wish to become a Level 6 referee, you must make an application by 31st January to join the Jersey FA Promotion Scheme, which starts on 1st March each year (Application Information sheet will be available from late December). The decision as to whether you should be promoted is made in the March of the following year when the following is taken into consideration:
• Written Assessments by FA Registered Assessors (who are experienced referees or retired referees who watch you referee, provide a constructive report to you on your performance and submit a confidential mark to the Jersey FA) on a minimum of three games. achieving an average score of 70
• Club marks from competitions for players over the age of 16 years from a minimum of 20 games, of which at least 14 must be in open age male competitions.
• Demonstration of a good level of personal administration.
• Attendance at least one compulsory promotion in-service training event.
• Successful completion of a written examination on the Laws of the Game.

Applying for promotion from Level 6 to Level 5:
If you wish to become a Level 5 referee, you must make an application by 31st January to join the Jersey FA Promotion Scheme, which starts on 1st March each year (Application Information sheet will be available from late December). The decision as to whether you should be promoted is made in the March of the following year when the following is taken into consideration:
• Written Assessments by FA Registered Assessors (who are experienced referees or retired referees who watch you referee, provide a constructive report to you on your performance and submit a confidential mark to the Jersey County FA) on a minimum of three, although usually four games. achieving an average score of 70
• Club marks from competitions for players over the age of 16 years from a minimum of 20 games, of which at least 14 must be in open age male competitions.
• Demonstration of a good level of personal administration.
• Attendance at least one compulsory promotion in-service training event.
• Successful completion of a written examination on the Laws of the Game.

Applying for promotion from Level 5 to Level 4:
If you wish to become a Level 4 referee, you must make an application by 31st January to join the Jersey FA Promotion Scheme, which starts on 1st March each year (Application Information sheet will be available from late December). Take the pre entry Level 4 Fitness Test in February. The decision as to whether you should be nominated to The FA for consideration for promotion to Level 4 is made in the March of the following year when the following is taken into consideration:
• Written Assessments by FA Registered Assessors (who are experienced referees or retired referees who watch you referee, provide a constructive report to you on your performance and submit a confidential mark to the Jersey FA) on a minimum of five games. Achieving an average score of 73.
• Demonstration of a good level of personal administration.
• Club marks from a minimum of 15 games, all of which must be in open age male competitions.
• Undertake five appointments as an Assistant Referee.
• Availability to referee regularly on Saturdays and midweek.
• Pass The FA Pre Level 4 Fitness Test.
• Attend The FA compulsory In-Service Training event. 

Level 4 status is achieved if The FA accepts the nomination of a Level 5 referee by the Jersey FA on the basis of their suitability for the standard of football concerned.
 
Those Level 6 referees wishing to be considered for nomination to The FA as potential Level 4 referees have to meet both sets of criteria and be successful in their promotion to Level 5.

Promotion from Level 4 to 3 to 2 to 1
Promotion through these levels is controlled by The FA and is dependent on assessments and undertaking an enhanced fitness test. On successful promotion referees will operate as follows:

• Level 4 - Referee in a Supply League and an Assistant Referee on the Contributory League
• Level 3 - Referee on the Contributory Leagues and Assistant Referee on the Panel or, upon selection, Assistant Referee on the Football League or Premier League
• Level 2b - Panel List referee on the Panel Leagues
• Level 2a - Panel Select List Referee
• Level 1 - National List Referee

The final promotion would be on to the International List (FIFA).