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Every referee operating at the highest levels of football has worked their way from the very bottom of the refereeing ladder and through the promotion schemes to achieve their full potential and reach the top of the ladder and officiate in the professional game.

Whether you dream of officiating at the World Cup finals or take charge in a County Cup Final, the promotion scheme has been designed to help you get there. We want to encourage all referees to enhance their performance level and we’re keen to support all aspiring referees who wish to apply for advancement within the county promotion system.

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Will Dodds

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Refereeing Levels

Your 'level' signifies your status within refereeing. Unless you are under the age of 16, all referees will start at Level 7 and can progress as far as the International FIFA list.
• Level T - Trainee
• Level Y - Youth Referee (qualified referees under 16 years old)
• Level 7 - Junior County Referee
• Level 6 –County Referee
• Level 5 - Senior County Referee
• Level 4 - Supply League Referee/Contributory League Assistant
• Level 3 - Contributory League Referee/Panel League Assistant
• Level 2 - Panel League Referee/Football League Assistant
• Level 1 - Football League Referee
• Select Group - FA Premier League Referee
• FIFA List - International Referee

How do I achieve promotion?

All referees seeking promotion must notify us by completing the promotion application form before the start of each season. 

The completed form should then be sent no later than 1st July to the ERCFA Referee Development Officer Will Dodds.

Level 7 referees must have refereed at least 20 (twenty) games of adult or under 18’s in a single season before applying for promotion to Level 6. 
All candidates for promotion must:
• Attend an In Service Training Seminar specifically designated for promotion candidates at their current level during each promotion season
• Must pass an examination on the Laws of the Game during each promotion season specifically designated for promotion candidates at their current level
• Must keep the RDO informed of every match they officiate, giving prior notice of KO time and venue
• Must officiate on a minimum of 20 (twenty) 11v11 competitive matches during the period of the promotion year (i.e. 01/03/18 to 28/02/19)
• Must ensure that 70% of their matches are at open-age (adult) level
• Will be observed on a minimum of 3 (three) matches by county observers
The promotion season commences on the 1st March 2018 and finishes on the 28th February 2019.
Think you're ready to take the next step in your refereeing career? Get in touch and we'll let you know the next steps. 

Promotion In-Service Event

Promotion In-Service training is for referee promotion candidates only. Each candidate will attend a venue for a day where they will take part in a number of training/development drills led by an East Riding FA Referee Tutor. 
Those involved in the event will also have to sit a Laws of the Game exam. This training is an integral part of the Referee Promotion Scheme and is a requirement of any promotion. 


Yes you can. If you are a level 7 candidate who has just achieved your level 6 or if you are a level 6 referee who has successfully attained your level 5, you can apply for level 4 by completing the promotion application form.

To be eligible for promotion, you must have refereed a full season and be over the age of 16.

Yes, there is a deadline which will be specified on the application form. This will normally be 1st June each year.

The scheme starts on March 1st and finishes at the end of February each season

Referees who achieve level 4 status (or higher) are managed by The FA nationally who will then assess whether or not you are entitled to a promotion.

Provided you have not been removed from the scheme for any other reason than failing to achieve the required promotion criteria, you can re-apply for the next seasons scheme.