Levels Explained

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There are Levels in refereeing, numbered 1-10. Here we explain the Levels.

Level 10: Referees who are non-active referees who support active referees through mentoring and assessing

Level 9: Trainee Referee - referees undertaking Basic Referee Training including completing the required 6 games of 11v11 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: 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: 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)

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