Every referee starts out at the bottom of a ladder, but whether you wish to progress to the next level or even to International standard, the steps below will guide you along the way.

Unlike the regular football season, the referees’ promotion season commences on 1st March and ends on the 28th/29th February the following year. Applications for promotion must be made using the below application form and returned no later than 31st May to the Referee Development Officer, Lewis Smith.

Following a slight restructure by the FA, the full refereeing levels coming into effect as of 1st March 2017 are as follows:-

  • Level T – Trainee Referee (learners completing the FA Referee course)
  • Level Y – Youth Referee (qualified referees aged 14 or 15)
  • Level 7 – Junior County Referee (qualified referees aged 16 or over)
  • Level 6 – County Referee
  • Level 5 – Senior County Referee
  • Level 4 – Supply League Referee/Contributory League Assistant Referee
  • Level 3 – Contributory League Referee/Panel League Assistant Referee
  • Level 2b – National League North/South Referee
  • Level 2a – National League Premier Referee
  • Level 1 – Football Leagues 1 and 2 Referee
  • Select Group 2 – Football League Championship Referee
  • Select Group 1 – Premier League Referee
  • FIFA List – International Referee

Level T, Y and 7 Referees’

Anyone who is partaking in the referees’ 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.

Promotion Information for All Candidates

In order to apply for promotion, all referees will be required to meet the following criteria:

  • Apply for promotion via the appropriate web links below no later than 31st May 2017
  • Return the promotion application form (bottom of the page) to Lewis.Smith@lancashirefa.com no later than 31st May 2017
  • Register as a Lancashire FA match official no later than 31st May 2017
  • Must have spent at least one full season as a Level 7
  • Regularly submit your closed dates to closeddates@lancashirefa.com
  • Submit all fixtures in which they are appointed as referee to the Lancashire FA Referees’ Department using the online Google Form - https://goo.gl/forms/TbbZTYIknl3WPUcV2
  • Pay the applicable promotion fee of £25

The submission of your fixtures is entirely your responsibility. Not providing this information means that we will not be able to appoint a Lancashire FA registered observer to your fixtures which may result in you not achieving the minimum number of observations required, hence you will not be considered eligible for promotion.

To apply for promotion during the 2017/18 season then please use the following links. All applications should be made no later than 31st May 2017:-

Level 7-6: http://eventspace.thefa.com/lancashirefa/referee_promotion_-_level_7-6_17012017

Level 6-5: http://eventspace.thefa.com/lancashirefa/referee_promotion_-_level_6-5_17012017

Level 5-4: http://eventspace.thefa.com/lancashirefa/referee_promotion_-_level_5-4_17012017

Prior to applying for promotion, please ensure that you have fully read and understand all of the criteria outlined within the Promotion Guidance Booklet which can be found at the bottom of this webpage.

Level 7-6 and 6-5 Promotions

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’s or above), of which a maximum of 5 can be U21’s
  • Receive 3 assessments throughout the promotion season, of which a maximum of 1 can be an U21’s fixture, and achieve a minimum average mark of “Standard Expected”
  • Attend a mandatory Lancashire FA Promotion Seminar – date TBC (July)
  • Successfully pass a Laws of the Game exam at the Lancashire 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

Level 5-4 Promotions

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’s and below do not count)
  • Receive 5 assessments throughout the promotion season and achieve a minimum average mark of 73
  • Act as Assistant Referee on a minimum of 10 fixtures on the North West Supply League Pool (West Lancashire League Premier Division/North West Counties League Division One) or EFLYA U18s during the period of 1st March 2017 to 28th February 2018
  • Attend a mandatory FA Promotion Seminar – date TBC (August/September)
  • 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
  • Must successfully complete a Contributory League Assistant Referee nomination fitness test within the current 2017/18 playing season. The standard to be attained is:-

                        12 minute continuous run – minimum distance completed = 2600m

                                    2 x 50m Sprints – max 7.5 seconds for each sprint

All promotion candidates will be provided with 2 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
  • Lancashire Football League
  • Lancashire Amateur League (Premier Division Only)
  • Lancashire FA Amateur Shield
  • Lancashire FA Amateur Cup
  • FA Women’s Premier League

Level 4 and Above

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.