There are numerous "levels" within refereeing, ranging from FIFA referees controlling international matches, right the way through to non-active referees, who are classified as Level 10. When a match official is learning the Laws of the Game or completing the game, they are classified as Level 9 trainee referees and, on completion of their first six matches would automatically move to Level 8 if they are under the age of 16, or Level 7 if they are older.
Once a referee reaches Level 7 and have refereed a minimum of 20 matches, they can apply to join the promotion scheme. It is here the hard work begins, as candidates must referee a mimimum of 20 further matches, a minimum of three of which would be assesed. In addition, promotion candidates must pass an exam on the Laws of the Game and attend In-Service Training Seminars.
Therefore to achieve promotion requires a significant effort and we are delighted to announce the following referees have been promoted:
Referees promoted to Level 5 - Senior County Referee
Referees promoted to Level 6 - County Referee
Congratulations to all of them on their achievement!