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Promotions

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Every referee starts out at the bottom of the ladder, but if you want to progress to the next level or even to international standard, we're here to guide you along the way.

For the 2019/20 referee promotion season, due to a change in the FA’s regulations, the season will commence of 1st March 2019 and end on 30th April 2020.

In order to apply for promotion during the 2019/20 season, you are required to complete the online application as well as returning the promotion Service Level Agreement (SLA) to the Referee’s Department. The link to the online application form as well as the SLA can be found below. Applications are to be submitted no later than 31st May 2019.

 

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Information for All Candidates

Prior to applying for promotion, it is imperative that you read the Promotion Scheme Guidance Booklet which can be found below. All of the necessary information regarding promotion can be found within this booklet along with the criteria required to be successful in achieving your promotion to the next level.

Please do not apply for promotion until you have read the promotion guidance booklet and fully understand the criteria outlined within.

Applications for promotion are to be made no later than 31st May 2019. Please remember that you must complete the online application form and also the Service Level Agreement.

If you have any further questions then do not hesitate to contact a member of the Referees Department.”

2019/20 promotion guidance booklet

2019/20 promotion online application

2019/20 PROMOTION service level agreement

Promotion Levels

Anyone who is partaking in the FA Referee Course will be classified as a Level T referee.

Upon successful completion of the course, they will automatically be promoted to a Level Y referee (ages 14 or 15) or a Level 7 referee (aged 16 or over).

In order to enter the promotion pathway, a referee must spend one full season as a Level 7 referee.

Referees who wish to be promoted from Level 7 to 6 or Level 6 to 5 must meet the following criteria:

  • Referee a minimum of 20 open-age fixtures throughout the promotion season (U21 or above), of which a maximum of five can be U21
  • Receive three assessments throughout the promotion season, of which a maximum of one can be an U21 fixture, and achieve a minimum average mark of “Standard Expected”
  • Attend a mandatory Lancashire FA Promotion Seminar on either Sunday 17th June 2018 or Sunday 15th July 2018
  • Attend at least one further Promotion In-Service Training Event on either Sunday 2nd September 2018 or Sunday 11th November 2018 (Attendance at both days is strongly recommended)
  • Successfully pass a Laws of the Game exam at the Lancashire FA Promotion Development Day
  • Act as Assistant Referee on a minimum of five open age adult fixtures (Saturday competitions only)
  • Accept Lancashire FA County Cup appointments
  • Ensure a high level of efficiency in administration
  • Regularly submit fixtures to the Observers co-ordinator (Lewis Smith)
  • Maintain acceptable club marks
  • Payment of £25.00 Promotion Administration Fee
  • Submit a record of games officiated on to Lancashire FA as and when requested
Apply for promotion from Level 7 to Level 6
Apply for promotion from Level 6 to Level 5

Referees who wish to be promoted from Level 5 to 4 must meet the following criteria:

  • Referee a minimum of 20 open-age fixtures throughout the promotion season (U21 and below do not count)
  • Receive five assessments throughout the promotion season and achieve a minimum average mark of 73
  • Act as Assistant Referee on a minimum of 10 open age adult fixtures (only matches on the North West Supply League Pool, EFLYA U18s, Lancashire FA or FA competitions will count towards the 10 required)
  • Attend a mandatory Promotion Development Day at Lancashire FA on either Sunday 17th June 2018 or Sunday 15th July 2018
  • Attend a mandatory FA Promotion Seminar – date TBC (August/September/October 2018)
  • Attend at least one further Promotion In-Service Training Event on either Sunday 2nd September 2018 or Sunday 11th November 2018 (Attendance at both days is strongly recommended)
  • Successfully pass a Laws of the Game exam at the FA Promotion Seminar
  • Accept Lancashire FA County Cup appointments
  • Ensure a high level of efficiency in administration
  • Regularly submit fixtures to the Observers co-ordinator (Lewis Smith)
  • Maintain acceptable club marks
  • Payment of £25.00 Promotion Administration Fee
  • Submit a record of games officiated on to Lancashire FA as and when requested
  • Must successfully complete a Contributory League Assistant Referee Nomination fitness test between 1st July 2018 and 28th February 2019. The minimum standard to be attained is a 12 minute continuous run (minimum distance to be completed is 2600m) and 2 x 50m sprints (maximum time of 7.5 seconds for each sprint)

All promotion candidates will be provided with two opportunities to undertake the fitness test. Failure to meet the require standard at either of the two occasions will mean that you will be withdrawn from the promotion scheme.

Note: Due to the large step up between county and supply league football, in order to ready candidates for promotion to Level 4, referees will only be observed on games that we would consider to commensurate with the challenges of games at supply league level.

These competitions are:

  • West Lancashire Football League (All Divisions)
  • Lancashire Football League (All Divisions)
  • Lancashire Amateur League (Premier Division, Division One and Division Two)
  • Lancashire FA Amateur Shield, Amateur Cup, Sunday Trophy and Women’s Challenge Trophy
  • FA Women’s Premier League
  • FA Women’s Cup
Apply for promotion from Level 5 to Level 4

Once a referee reaches Level 4, they will referee on Supply Leagues and will also act as an assistant referee on the National Contributory Leagues.

A Level 3 referee will referee Contributory League football and act as assistant referee on the National League North. They will also act as 4th Official on the National League Premier.

A Level 2B referee will referee on the National League North whilst also acting as 4th Official on the football League and a Level 2A referee will act as referee on the National League Premier.

A Level 1 referee will operate on the Football League and may be invited to join the Championship Select Group of Referees. In turn, they may then be invited onto the Premier League Select Group of Referees.

The final promotion for a Level 1 referee would to be promoted to the FIFA International List of Referees.