Referee Promotion

Promotion & CPD

Be the best referee you can be

Promotion SCHEME

Apply for promotion through the FA Refereeing structure


Once you have qualified as a referee, you are able to apply for promotion through The FA's refereeing structure. To gain promotion, set criteria must be followed, and your success will be based upon assessments of your refereeing performance.

Further information:

  • A 'registration' period is a football season: 1st July to 30th June
  • A 'promotion' season runs from 1st March to 28th February (or to 30th April for the 2019-2020 season)
  • Invitations to apply for promotion will be sent by 31st December
  • Applications for promotion must be received by 31st January


Upon fully completing the FA Referees Course, match officials become Level Y (Youth) referees if under the age of 16, or Level 7 referees if over 16. This means you are qualified to officiate local grassroots football.

How many games do I need to complete before applying for promotion?

To apply for promotion from Level 7 to Level 6 a referee must have officiated as a referee in a minimum of 20 games in one registration period and is required to:

  • Referee a minimum of 20 games during the promotion season, 70% (14) of these must be in Adult football
  • Re-register with Norfolk FA using the Whole Game System by 10th June each year
  • Attend at least one of the five scheduled CPD Events in the summer and pass the Assessment of Knowledge Test on the Laws of the Game
  • Attend a Promotion Seminar organised by the County FA and pass the appropriate National FA test on the Laws of the Game (held in February)
  • Receive a minimum of 3 match observations, all of which must be on Adult football
  • Be pro-active in their attitude to administrative duties, including a prompt response to all appointments and the submission of closed dates to the Referee Appointments Officer, and the submission of discipline reports via the Whole Game System within the correct time period

For Level 6 referees similar conditions to the above apply, except referees must also act as an assistant referee on a minimum of at least 5 games during the same period and be observed as a Level 6 on a minimum of 3 occasions.

Level 5 referees may then be eligible for promotion to more senior competitions.

These promotions are decided on by The FA after the County FA nominates those Level 5’s who meet the criteria set. This would involve refereeing in a 'supply league - Level 4', and being an assistant referee in a 'Contributory League - Level 3'.

Further promotion would take you on to a 'Panel League - Level 2' and ultimately, on to the 'National list of Referees - Level 1'.


To find out more about Referee promotion & CPD, speak to a member of our Referee Department. 

By Phone: 01603 704050 (opt. 1, 1, 3)
(9am - 5pm Monday - Friday)

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Referee CPD

Referee CPD

Norfolk FA are proud to be one of the very few counties that offer Referees a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programme.

Events are available across the County to provide all registered match officials with the latest knowledge on:

  • Laws of the Game
  • Local regulations
  • Officiating techniques

For Level 5, 6, 7 & 10 Referees who have been qualified for over a year, if you wish to be appointed to Referee, assess or coach in adult football in Norfolk, it's a requirement that you attend a Continuous Professional Development event and pass a test on the Laws of the Game.

These requirements have improved the standard of the Refereeing workforce and helped Norfolk officials into a position where they are highly regarded throughout the country.