Charges and Suspensions

Promotion Scheme

Are you currently a Level 7, 6 or 5 and wish to apply for promotion?

Each Year We accep promotion applications.

Please see below all the information you need to know. 

The FA Referees’ Committee have agreed to align the referee promotion periods to reflect the playing season (1st July – 30th April) for all match officials operating from Level 2B to Level 7.

The benefits of being a promotion candidate:

  • Climb the refereeing pyramid
  • Build confidence
  • Gain experience of refereeing adult male/female football
  • Receive feedback from experienced Referee Observers
  • Opportunity to attend high quality in-service training events
  • Opportunity to apply to join the Cheshire FA Centre of Refereeing Excellence

Candidates must be aged 16+ and have been refereeing for at least 1 full season.

If you wish to apply for promotion you will need to read and sign the promotion criteria as well as pay the promotion fee of £25. The deadline for applications is 1st May 2019.

If you have any queries regarding promotion please contact the Referees Department.

Any referee removed from the Level 4 list may now become a candidate for nomination for a return to Level 4 in the following season. However, ALL of the above criteria must be met by the candidate in the period from 1st August to 28th February.

Criteria

  • Register with Cheshire FA.
  • Pay the application fee of £25 at the time of application.
  • Attend an in-service Promotion Training Session delivered by Cheshire FA.
  • Take and pass a written exam on the ‘Laws of the Game’.
  • Refereed a minimum of 20 adult male/female matches in total during the period 1st March – 30th April. Under 18 football may be included but must not constitute more than 20% of candidate’s total matches as a referee.
  • Complete 5 games as an Assistant Referee (Open Age Games)
  • Obtain 3 observations with a minimum grading of 2 Standard Expected or above in each of the observation during the period 1st March – 30th April.
  • Submit ALL adult male/female refereeing appointments to the Observer Co-ordinator.

To be eligible for nomination, referees must meet the following criteria:

  • Register with Cheshire FA.
  • Pay the application fee of £25 at the time of application.
  • Submit ALL adult male/female refereeing appointments to the Observer Co-ordinator.
  • Be a Senior County Referee (Level 5) as at the 30th April.
  • Have received at least 5 Observer reports via the County Football Association (If some County FAs can only achieve 3/4 observer reports then the top 50% of the club mark merit table criteria will remain) during the period 1st March - 30th April.
  • Achieved an average observer mark of 73 or above.
  • Refereed a minimum of 20 adult male/female matches in total during the period 1st March – 30th April. Under 18 football may be included but must not constitute more than 20% of candidate’s total matches as a referee.
  • Have completed a minimum of 10 appointments as Assistant Referee on adult male/female matches during the period 1st March – 30th April (It is recommended that as many as possible are at Supply League level). Under 18 football may be included but must not constitute more than 20% of candidate’s total matches as an assistant referee.
  • Be prepared and regularly available to referee Saturday and Midweek matches.
  • Attend one of a possible 9 regional in-service Nomination Training Sessions, delivered by The Football Association, or have previously attended.
  • Successfully complete an examination on the Laws of the Game
  • Successfully complete a Contributory League Assistant Referee Fitness Test between 1st July – 30th April, prior to nomination. The minimum standard to be attained is:
    • 12 minute Continuous Run- minimum distance completed 2,600 metres
    • 2 x 50 metre sprint – max 7.5 seconds for each sprint

Get In Touch

T: 01606 302003
9:00am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday

E: Referees@CheshireFA.com