Promotion FAQs


Climb the ladder

Do you want to officiate in a higher standard of football?

Do you want to know more about the promotion structure that can take you as far as the professional game provided you have the ability?

Do you want to realise your full potential as a referee? If so, read on!

Who can apply?

To be considered for promotion you need to be aged 16 or over and must be prepared to referee open age football.

When does the promotion season start?

The promotion season commences on 1 March and ends on the 28 February the following year.

How do I take the first step on the ladder?

The first promotion is from level 7 to level 6. If you wish to become a level 6 referee you must serve at least one season at level 7 before being eligible for promotion.

All level 5-7 referees will be sent an email from Referee Development Officer Chris Kavanagh at the start of each calendar year inviting you to join the promotion process for the following season.

To make your application, all you have to do is reply to this email in writing.

What does seeking promotion involve?

  • A full-day promotion seminar during the close season where the full promotion process will be explained
  • A referee examination to confirm your knowledge of the laws of the game
  • Assessments completed by MCFA assessors
  • Attendance at further training events
  • A satisfactory average club mark achieved in at least 20 matches of open age competitive football during the marking period
  • Promotion to level 4 also requires candidates to pass a fitness test

Other factors including administration and availability are also taken into account.

Is there a cost to seek promotion?

All promotion applicants are asked to pay the fees paid to the assessors – this normally equates to less than a match fee and full details are provided at the promotion seminar. 

Want more information?

Please email Referee Development Officer Chris Kavanagh by clicking HERE or call 0161 225 1966.

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