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Everyone has ambition, we all have a dream and referees are not different, whether it is to referee the FA Cup Final or to carry on refereeing regularly in your local league. For some this ambition will require you to be promoted through the refereeing ranks, but how does the referee promotion system work?

All promotion candidates are expected to display excellent administration skills, and are to ensure they keep the Chief Assessor informed of the games they undertake and the Appointments Secretary informed of closed dates. Full details of how this is to be done will be given to each promotion candidate once they have been accepted onto the promotion ladder.

The other minimum criterion for achieving each level of promotion is as follows;

Level 7 to 6 - you must have been a level 7 for one season before you can apply for promotion

• Complete 20 games of open age 11v11
• Receive a minimum of 3 assessments achieving an average grading of “standard” or “above standard” on these assessments
• Attend a mandatory In-Service Training Promotion Evening during which you will need undertake and pass an FA examination on the Laws of the Game.

Level 6 to 5

• Complete 20 games of open age 11v11
• Receive a minimum of 3 assessments achieving an average grading of “standard” or “above standard” on these assessments
• Attend a mandatory In-Service Training Promotion Evening during which you will need undertake and pass an FA examination on the Laws of the Game

In exceptional circumstances a referee can achieve promotion from level 7 to 5 in one season.  For this to happen the candidate will need to show outstanding potential and achieve, as a minimum, the following;

• Complete 40 games of open age 11v11
• Receive a minimum of 5 assessments achieving an average score of 75
• Attend 2 mandatory In-Service training sessions during which you will need undertake and pass 2 FA examinations on the Laws of the Game

Level 5 to 4 - You must be a level 5 referee as at 01 March

• Receive an minimum of 5 assessments (if you only receive 3 you must then finish in the top 50% of referee club marks on the senior league you operate on)
• Complete 20 games as a referee
• complete 10 games as an Assistant Referee
• Complete the FA fitness test before 01 March which comprises of
    2 x 50m sprints in 7.5 seconds each
    2600m continuous running in 12 minutes
• Attend an FA In-Service Training Seminar and successfully have passed a test on the Laws of the Game

Once a referee has achieved the minimum criteria their information is then presented to the Oxfordshire FA Referee Promotion Board who, in turn, decide whether promotion should be granted. They will consider all of the above plus things like availability, personal administration, fitness etc. This structure applies up to and including level 5.  For promotion to level 4 the County FA make a nomination to the FA who in turn decides whether the candidate should be promoted to level 4.

Following promotion the candidate is formally informed, however, in a case where a candidate is unsuccessful there is a robust support mechanism to ensure the candidate is successful in the following season. In extreme cases, where a candidate is unsuccessful, an appeal procedure is available and this can be activated by contacting the OFA office.

Promotion from Level 4 to 3 to 2 to 1

Promotion through these levels is controlled by the FA and is dependent on assessments and undertaking an enhanced fitness test. On successful promotion referees will operate as follows;

• Level 4 - Referee in a Supply League and an Assistant Referee on the Contributory League
• Level 3 - Referee on the Contributory Leagues and Assistant Referee on the Panel or, upon selection, Assistant Referee on the Football League or Premier League
• Level 2 - Referee on the Panel Leagues
• Level 1 - National List referee

The final promotion would be on to the International List (FIFA).

The system may seem a bit daunting but this is not really the case and you will receive lots of support and advice along the way to help you achieve your goal. If you would like more information on achieving promotion or would like to get on the promotion ladder then please contact the Nigel Saverton.

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