Promotion from Levels 7 to 6 and 6 to 5 shall be based on a Referee’s practical performance on the field of play and other criteria as follows:
- Written assessments by FA Registered Assessors on a minimum of three games.
- Club marks from competitions over the age of 16 years over a minimum of 20 games (a minimum of 15 must be in open age competitions) officiated in as a Referee in the marking season.
- Attend at least one promotion in-service training event.
- Successful completion of a written examination as determined by The Association.
For consideration to Level 4 at the end of the season, Level 6 to 5 candidates must also:
- Achieve an average mark of 73 or above on their written assessment.
- Finish in the top 50% of the referee’s merit table in the Competitions in which they officiate.
- Have officiated as an assistant referee on at least 5 occasions in a Supply League between 01/03/13 and 28/02/14
- Pass the standard Contributory League fitness test (March 2014)
Promotion from Level 5 to 4 shall be based on a Referee’s practical performance on the field of play and other criteria as follows:
- Senior County Referee (Level 5) as at the 1st March 2014
- Receive at least 5 assessments via the County Football Association (If some County FA's can only achieve 3 assessments then the top 50% of the club mark merit table criteria will remain)
- Achieve an average assessment mark of 73 or above
- Referee a minimum of 15 adult male/female matches in total during the period 1st March 2013 - 28th February 2014. This does not include U18 or youth football (these will not be considered by The FA in the decision making process)
- Must undertake a minimum of 5 appointments as Assistant Referee on adult male/female matches during the period 1st March 2013 - 28th February 2014 (One of the main criticisms of new Level 4 referees is their very limited experience as an assistant referee when they undertake their first lining appointment on a Contributory League match. Although we have used 5 as a minimum I would hope that each referee nominated would get as much lining experience as is practically possible)
- Must be prepared to referee Saturday and Midweek matches.
- Any referee removed from the Level 4 list at the end of the season must referee at Level 5 for a full playing season before being nominated for a return to Level 4.
- Must attend one of a possible 9 regional in-service Nomination Training Sessions, delivered by The Football Association
- Must successfully complete an examination on the Laws of the Game
- Successfully complete a Contributory League Assistant Referee Fitness Test between 1st July 2012 – 28th February 2014 prior to nomination. The Standard to be attained is:
a) 12 minute Continuous Run minimum distance completed 2,600 metres
b) 2 x 50 metre sprint – max 7.5 seconds for each sprint