Promotion Structure

Berks & Bucks County FA are committed to develop all Referees whether this be to a County Level Referee or to a World Cup Final Referee. The County FA are responsible from promotion to Level 7-6, Level 6-5 and Level 5-4.

The promotion scheme operates from 1st March to 28th February. If you wish to be apply for promotion please ensure you have reviewed the promotion criteria and read the promotion scheme applicants information at the bottom of the page.

Please note Any Level 7 referee wishing to apply for promotion for the first time must first ensure that they have officiated as a referee in a minimum of 20 games (a minimum of 14 must be in adult matches), in one registration period before applying

All promotion applications must be received by no later than 1st March each year. Any application for promotion received after this date will not be considered

If you are already on the promotion scheme, you should still apply for next season and the relevant action will then be taken once the outcome of your current promotion application is known.

Promotion Routes

Level 9 Trainee Referee. These are referees who have completed the basic training course and passed the examinations who have yet to complete their 6-match record of achievement.

Level 8 Youth referee (under 16)

Level 7 Junior referees not in Level 8 or below (local football referee)

Level 6 County referees (local football referee)

Level 5 Senior County referees. This classification includes referees who have served at a higher level. Where a referee has achieved a level higher than Level 5 and is then not retained, 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 is declared by the individual.

Level 4 Referees selected to officiate as a Referee on a Supply League (e.g. Hellenic League, Spartan South Midlands League). In addition Level 4 officials will serve as Assistant Referees on the Contributory Leagues e.g. Southern League, Isthmian League.

Promotion to Level 4 and above will be administered by The FA.

Level 3 Referees selected to officiate as a Referee on the National List of Contributory Leagues (e.g. Southern League, Isthmian League). In addition, Level 3 officials will serve as Assistant Referees on either the Panel Leagues, Football League or Premier League.

Level 2B Referees selected by The FA to serve on the Panel List (Conference South, Football League Reserves and Premier League Reserves). In addition, Level 2B Referees will serve as Assistant Referees on either the Conference National, Football League or Premier League.

Level 2A Referees selected by The FA to serve on the Panel Select List (Conference National League). In addition, Level 2A Referees will serve as Assistant Referees on either the Football League or Premier League.

Level 1 Referees selected by The Football Association to serve on the Referees panel of the National List (Premier and Football Leagues)

International: Referees who are on the FIFA List of Referees.


If you have any questions regarding the promotion scheme please contact our Referee Development Officer, Lisa Benn.