Referee April Bulletin

Hello! Welcome to our April monthly bulletin which we hope will provide you with some useful information regarding refereeing in Cheshire.

Important Update:

Please note that all referee enquiries should now be sent to

Registration Reminder:

Referee registration for season 18/19 is now available through the Whole Game System Portal. Registration will cost £20 is a mandatory requirement if you wish to referee in Cheshire. To register you will need to have an in date FA Criminal Records Check and Safeguarding Children Certificate. If you need to renew your CRC please contact the Referees Department.

Cup Final Appointments:

Congratulations also to Mark Heywood who was 4th Official for the 2018 Checkatrade Trophy Final on Sunday 8th April, Lincoln City v Shrewsbury Town at Wembley Stadium.

Congratulations to Joe Hull who has been appointed as 4th Official to the up and coming FA Sunday Cup Final on Sunday 29th April, Gym United FC v Hardwick Social FC at Sheffield United FC.

Well done to both Mark and Joe on their fantastic appointment.

Promotion Scheme 2018/19:

The deadline for promotion is fast approaching and we urge any Level 7, 6 or 5 who wishes to progress through the levels to contact the Referees Department as soon as possible.

There are many benefits from applying for promotion such as:

  • The opportunity to be observed and offered both verbal and written feedback from Cheshire FA Licensed Observers
  • As a Promotion Candidate you’ll have the opportunity to be involved in development sessions led by Cheshire FA throughout the season as well at the promotion seminar on Sunday 3rd June
  • You’ll also be eligible to apply to join the new Cheshire FA Centre of Refereeing Excellence launching at the start of the 18/19 playing season

To apply for promotion you must be aged 16+ and have had some experience of adult football.