The match officials for the 2016/17 Challenge Trophy final

Promotion Scheme

Are You Currently A Level 7, 6 or 5 And Wish To Apply For Promotion?

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 2020/21 season, the FA Referees’ Committee have agreed to align the referee promotion periods to reflect the playing season (1st July – 30th April) for all match officials operating from Level 2B to Level 7.

In order to apply for promotion during the 2020/21 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 2020.


The benefits of being a promotion candidate:-

  •      Climb the refereeing pyramid
  •      Build confidence
  •      Gain experience of refereeing adult male/female football
  •      Receive feedback from experienced Referee Observers
  •      Opportunity to attend high quality in-service training events
  •      Opportunity to apply to join the Lancashire FA Centre of Refereeing Excellence


Get In Touch

Lewis Smith

Referee Development Officer

01772 644277


Shaun Taylor

Referee Development Officer

01772 282758

Who can help with my query?

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 2020. 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.

2020/21 promotion guidance booklet

2020/21 Promotion Guidance Booklet – Women’s Football Pathway 

2020/21 promotion online application

2020/21 PROMOTION service level agreement