Level 10: Referees who are non-active referees who support active referees through mentoring and assessing
Level 9: Trainee Referee - referees undertaking the Referee Training course including completing the required 5 games towards completing their training
Level 8: Youth referee i.e. referees aged 14-15; these referees can only referee games involving age groups under their own age i.e. a 14 year old referee can only referee games involving Under 13 teams and below
Level 7: Junior referees - local football referee
Level 6: County referees - local football referee
Level 5: Senior County Referee - County football including teams operating at step 6 & 7 of the FA pyramid system
This classification also includes referees who have served at a higher level and have not been retained at that level. The referee is to be classified as a Level 5, with the option of further promotion in the normal way or until a status of non-active (level 10) is declared by the individual.
Level 4: Supply League Referee - Referees selected by the FA to officiate on a Supply League as a referee and on a Contributory League as an Assistant Referee
Level 3: Contributory League Referee - Referees selected by the FA to referee on a Contributory League. These referees will operate as Assistant Referees on the Panel Leagues and may be selected as Assistant Referees on the Football League or the Premier League.
Level 2: Referees selected by The FA to serve on the Panel List
Level 1: Referees selected by The Association to serve on the National List (Premier and Football Leagues)