Promotion and FAQ

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The promotion structure is shown below and Huntingdonshire FA encourages all referees to go for promotion and to operate at the highest level they can.

The Football Association in cooperation with County Football Associations will annually classify all registered referees into a ‘Pyramid’ scheme to ensure referees of suitable experience and ability are allocated a suitable level of football to referee. Details of the Promotion Pyramid are shown below.

Level 10 Non-active Referee. These are referees who no longer actively referee games but do maintain an involvement in Refereeing such as Assessing, Mentoring or Coaching.

Level 9 Trainee Referee. These are referees who have completed the basic training course and passed the examinations who have yet to complete their 6-match record of achievement.

Level 8 Youth referee (under 16)

Level 7 Junior referees not in Level 8 or below (local football referee)

Level 6 County referees (local football referee)

Level 5 Senior County referees. This classification includes referees who have served at a higher level. Where a referee has achieved a level higher than Level 5 and is then not retained, the referee is to be classified as a Level 5, with the option of further promotion in the normal way or until a status of non-active is declared by the individual.

Level 4 Referees selected to officiate as a Referee on a Supply League (e.g. United Counties, Eastern Region League). In addition Level 4 officials will serve as Assistant Referees on the Contributory Leagues

Level 3 Referees selected to officiate as a Referee on the National List of Contributory Leagues. In addition, Level 3 officials will serve as Assistant Referees on either the Panel Leagues, Football League or Premier League.

Level 2B Referees selected by The FA to serve on the Panel List (Conference South, Football League Reserves and Premier League Reserves). In addition, Level 2B Referees will serve as Assistant Referees on either the Conference National, Football League or Premier League.

Level 2A Referees selected by The FA to serve on the Panel Select List (Conference National League). In addition, Level 2A Referees will serve as Assistant Referees on either the Football League or Premier League.

Level 1 Referees selected by The Football Association to serve on the Referees panel of the National List (Premier and Football Leagues)

International: Referees who are on the FIFA List of Referees.

Want to know more or have any questions?

Please contact Referee Development Officer: David.Seaman@HuntsFA.com

The following criteria are laid down by the Football Association for all promotion candidates who wish to obtain promotion from County Referee Junior Level 7 and County Referee Level 6 to Senior County Referee Level 5.

All Level 7 and Level 6 candidates must apply for promotion by completing the Application for Promotion Form which is sent to all those eligible for promotion in January/February each year, this must be returned to The Huntingdon County Secretary no later February 28th leading into the new marking season. 

A Level 7 Referee must serve a minimum of one complete Registration Period or 12 months in that classification, whichever is the shortest, before applying for promotion to Level 6. After this promotion a Referee can proceed at the rate they are capable. No Affiliated Association may impose any other qualification periods which cause delayed passage through the promotion pyramid.

All candidates must attend an In Service Training Seminar specifically designated for promotion candidates at their current level.

  • Must pass an examination on the Laws of the Game during each promotion season
  • Must keep the Assessing Coordinator apprised of every match they officiate giving prior notice of time and venue. Notifying of any change to the original fixture

  • Must officiate on a minimum of 20 eleven a side competitive adult matches during the period of the promotion year

  • Will be assessed on a minimum of 3 matches by different county assessors

Enhanced Promotion

Have you got what it takes to do the 'double jump' from Level 7 to Level 5 in a Season?

The Referees' Committee is looking to encourage those who can meet the criteria below to apply to be considered for the Enhanced Promotion Scheme. Those with most to gain will be likely to be in their late twenties or early thirties as success would give them the opportunity to progress to Contributory League football or higher. Considerable commitment is required.

Criteria:

Part 1 Promotion from Level 7 to 6 between March-September

A. referee at least 20 11-a-side games

B. be assessed at least 3 times

C. attend an In-Service Training Workshop for Level 7 referees on promotion

D. pass an examination on the Laws of the Game

Part 2 Promotion from Level 6 to 5 between October-February

A. referee at least 20 11-a-side games

B. be assessed at least 3 times

C. attend an In-Service Training Workshop for Level 6 referees on promotion

D. pass another examination on the Laws of the Game

Part 3 Consideration for Promotion from Level 5 to Level 4

Officiate as a neutral Assistant Referee on at least 5 Supply League matches in the promotion period between March-February. Candidates can only be considered for assessment for promotion to Level 4 by the County FA once they have passed a Fitness Test based upon Contributory League requirements. The Football Association's criteria for promotion will also have to be satisfied.