The 2017/18 promotion application window opens on 1st February 2017 and will remain open until Midnight on Tuesday 28th February.

If you wish to be considered for promotion, you should first ensure that you would be able to meet the criteria laid down by The FA.

Level 7 Promotion Scheme Eligibility

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 in one registration period before applying.

Level 7-6

All Level 7 to 6 promotion candidates will be expected to meet the following criteria:

Attend a recognised in-service training seminar.
Receive written assessments from FA registered assessors on a minimum of 3 games.                                                                 
Referee a minimum of 20 games in competitions over the age of 16 years over (a minimum of 70% must be in open age competitions) in the marking season 1st March 2017-28th February 2018.
Respond to all correspondence from CFA and league appointments officers efficiently, preferably by E-Mail.

Level 6-5

All Level 6 to 5 promotion candidates will be expected to meet the following criteria:

Must meet all of the above Level 7 to 6 criteria.
Must officiate five matches as an appointed assistant referee during the promotion season at senior level.

Level 5-4

All Level 5 to 4 promotion candidates will be expected to meet the following criteria:

Referee a minimum of 20 adult male/female matches in total during the period 1st March 2017-28th February 2018.
Complete a minimum of ten appointments as assistant referee on adult male/female matches during the period 1st March 2017-28th February 2018 (it is recommended that as many as possible are at Supply League level).
Be prepared and regularly available to referee Saturday and midweek matches.
Attend one of a possible nine regional in-service Nomination Training Sessions, delivered by The Football Association.
Successfully complete an examination on the laws of the game.
Successfully complete an FA Referee Fitness Test prior to nomination for Level 4 (the minimum standard to be attained is: twelve-minute continuous run, with a minimum distance completed of 2,600 metres; two 50-metre sprints with a maximum of 7.5 seconds for each sprint) during the period July 1st 2017 to February 28th 2018

In addition to the above, all promotion applicants must:

Register with the CFA for season 2016/17 by 1st June 2017
Pay a £30 deposit by the 1st March 2017 which will be refunded as long as all criteria is met.
Respond to all correspondence in writing efficiently, preferably by E-Mail
Maintain a record of all matches, whether as a referee or assistant referee
Be proficient in the completion of misconduct report writing through the FA Whole Game System and attend disciplinary hearings as required
Attend regular Somerset FA academy training sessions
Attend a minimum of 1 fitness assessments throughout the season
Successfully complete an examination on the laws of the game.

Diary Dates 
25th April - Level 7-6 promotion seminar at Somerset FA Glastonbury, 7-9pm
26th April - Level 6-5 promotion seminar at Somerset FA Glastonbury. 7-9pm
9th July - Fitness assessment at Castle School, Taunton
11th October - Fitness assessment at Castle School, Taunton

 Once you have reviewed the promotion criteria, and you are satisfied that you will be able to complete seminar dates please Click here  to apply for promotion.

Should you have any questions relating to the promotion scheme, please feel free to call on 01458 832359 Option 4 or email Matt.Eva@somersetfa.com.