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Referee Promotion


Every referee starts out at the bottom of a ladder, looking to learn and develop their skills throughout their refereeing career.

Most are looking for promotion, some with modest targets, some perhaps even with the hope of eventually refereeing in a World Cup Final.

The Shropshire FA Referees' Committee wish to encourage and support all referees that apply to participate in the Referee Promotion Scheme. Referees interested in applying for promotion should contact the Shropshire FA Referee Development Officer, Ian Preece either in writing or by e-mail.

Email Ian

Download application form

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refereeing levels

A match official's ‘level’ is a mark of his/her achievement within refereeing.

New referees start out at level 7 and can progress all the way to level 1…and beyond.

  • Level Y - Youth Referee (qualified referees under 16 years old)
  • Level 7 - Junior County Referee
  • Level 6 –County Referee
  • Level 5 - Senior County Referee
  • Level 4 - Supply League Referee/Contributory League Assistant
  • Level 3 - Contributory League Referee/Panel League Assistant
  • Level 2 - Panel League Referee/Football League Assistant
  • Level 1 - Football League Referee
  • Select Group - FA Premier League Referee
  • FIFA List - International Referee
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referee promotion FAQ's

Yes but you must apply to Jamie James each new year in advance of getting your promotion

Referees who have been actively refereeing for a season after completing their course exam (and are qualified) and are aged 16 and over can apply for Promotion

The promotion season is different from the football season and runs from March 1st each year and concludes at the end of February the following year

Referees who attain their level 4 status (or higher) are then 'looked after' by The FA themselves who will appoint you to matches and referees are required to pass a fitness test before each new season

Firstly apply each year to try again and secondly send copies of your assessment reports to RDO Jamie James to review and offer you advice to improve


Referee Development Officer

Ian Preece

By Phone: 01743 362769

By E-mail


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