The Promotion Ladder

R5 Promotion Application Forn
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The Referees' Committee wish to encourage all Referees to aim at achieving an improvement in their performance level. To that end, the Committee is keen to support all aspiring Referees who wish to apply for advancement within the county promotion system.     


A Level 7 Referee must serve a minimum of one complete Registration Period or 12 months in that classification, whichever is the shortest, before applying for promotion to Level 6. After this promotion a Referee can proceed at the rate he is capable. No Affiliated Association may impose any other qualification periods which cause delayed passage through the promotion pyramid.

The criteria is laid down by the Football Association for all promotion candidates to follow, who wish to obtain promotion from County Referee Junior Level 7, County Referee Level 6 to Senior County Referee Level 5 and Supply League Referee Level 4.

All new Level 7, Level 6 and Level 5 candidates must apply for promotion by completing the R5 Application for Promotion Form found above. Existing candidates who are not promoted will still need to apply each season.

Full details can be found in the Referee Regulations in section 7 of the County FA handbook

All candidates

- must attend during each promotion season an In Service Training Seminar specifically designated for promotion candidates at their current level

 - must pass an examination on the Laws of the Game during each promotion season

 - must keep the appropriate Assessing Co-ordinator apprised of every match they officiate giving prior notice of time and venue

 - must officiate on a minimum of 20 eleven a side competitive matches during the period of the promotion year (i.e. 01/03/12 to 28/02/13)

 - will be assessed on a minimum of 3 matches by different county assessors.

The competitions deemed suitable for promotion candidate assessments can be view on the Leagues Suitable for Promotion channel.


Please contact the County Office – Telephone 01372 373 543 or simply download and complete a copy of the R5 Application (Above)

Send the completed R5 Form as instructed on the form to Mark Wood, Referee and Competitions Manager, Surrey County FA.

Enhanced Promotion

Have you got what it takes to do the 'double jump' from Level 7 to Level 5 in a Season?

The Referees' Committee is looking to encourage those who can meet the criteria below to apply to be considered for the Enhanced Promotion Scheme for the year ending 28/02/2013. Those with most to gain will be likely to be in their late twenties or early thirties as success would give them the opportunity to progress to Contributory League football or higher. Considerable commitment is required.


Part 1. Promotion from Level 7 to 6 between 01/03/2013 and 30/09/2013

a.- referee at least 20 11-a-side games

b.- be assessed at least 3 times

c.- attend an In-Service Training Workshop for Level 7 referees on promotion

d.- pass an examination on the Laws of the Game 

Part 2. Promotion from Level 6 to 5 between 01/10/2013 and 28/02/2014

a - referee at least another 20 11-a-side games

b - be assessed at least another 3 times

c - attend an In-Service Training Workshop for Level 6 referees on promotion

d - pass another examination on the Laws of the Game

Part 3. Consideration for further Promotion from Level 5 to Level 4;

Officiate as a neutral Assistant Referee on at least 5 Supply League matches in the promotion period between 01/10/2013 and 28/02/2014. Candidates can only be considered for nomination to Level 4 by the County FA once they have passed a Fitness Test based upon Contributory League requirements. The Football Association's criteria for promotion will also have to be satisfied.