Hertfordshire FA Referee Promotion Scheme

Referee Promotion

Want to climb the refereeing ladder?

Opportunities to progress your refereeing career

The Hertfordshire FA Referees' Committee wish to encourage and support all referees that apply to participate in the Referee Promotion Scheme. Referees interested in applying for promotion should contact the Observers Organiser, Russell Jones by email.

Refereeing Levels

A match official's ‘Level’ is a mark of their achievement within refereeing

New referees start out at Level 7 and can progress to Level 1...and beyond.

  • Level Y - Youth Referee (14 or 15 years of age)
  • Level 7 - Junior County Referee (16 years of age and over)
  • Level 6 –County Referee
  • Level 5 - Senior County Referee
  • Level 4 - Step 5/6 Leagues Referee
  • Level 3 - Step 3/4 Leagues Referee
  • Level 2b - Step 2 List Referee
  • Level 2a - Step 1 List Referee
  • Level 1 -Select Group or National Group Referee
  • International - FIFA List Referee

Get In Touch

Russell Jones,
Observers Organiser

Email: odbrhj@aol.com

Referee Promotion FAQs

Contact Russell Jones and he will be able to advise you

Referees who have been actively refereeing for a season after completing their course exam (and are qualified) and are aged 16 and over can apply for promotion

Yes, although you must apply each year in advance of getting your promotion

The promotion season is different from the football season and runs from March 1st each year and concludes at the end of February the following year

Referees who attain their Level 4 status (or higher) are then 'looked after' by The FA themselves who will appoint you to matches and referees are required to pass a fitness test before each new season

All promotion candidates have to pass an FA Laws of the Game test, referee a minimum of 20 adult football matches and have a certain number of matches assessed by an FA Observer (different number for different promotion levels).

These assessments must attain the 'above standard' level in order to achieve promotion.

If you are a Level 5 referee and applying for Level 4 status, you will also be required to successfully complete an FA fitness test after 1st July each year before any matches will be assessed. Please contact Russell Jones for more information 

You are able to try again each year so don't be discouraged. Take note of any feedback or issues in your assessment reports and where necessary seek guidance on how to improve

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