Ref Promotion

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Do you want to officiate in a higher standard of football? Do you 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 and refereeing in adult football– there is no age limit thereafter and is open to both male and female referees 


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 have refereed a minimum of 20 matches before being eligible to apply for promotion. 
You need to inform the Referees' Officer in writing of your intentions before 1st March prior to the following season.

What happens after that?
You will be invited to a Promotion Seminar in March/April 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 multiple choice examination to confirm your knowledge of the Laws of the Game.


 How is promotion decided upon?

Promotion is decided through assessments completed by Cambridgeshire FA 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 20 matches of open age competitive football during the marking period. you will also be required to complete a number of appointments as an assistant referee. Other factors including administration and availability are also taken into account.


Is there a cost for this service?

No there is no cost from promotion but you will need to submit a £20 refundable deposit.


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 a higher number of appointments as a neutral assistant referee in order to gain promotion.


Want to know more or have any questions?
 Please contact: Colin Hills on 01223 209022 or

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