Promotion

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The first rung of the ladder on the way to becoming a referee is to attend a basic Referees Course.

Durham County FA hold courses very regularly around the County and they will involve at least 16 hours of practical referee training followed by two examinations from the following:

a) Written examination on the Laws of The Game
b) A theoretical DVD on the Laws of The Game
c) Practical Referee Examination on the Laws of The Game

On passing the examinations, you become a Level 9 trainee referee.
Once you then referee 6 x 11 a side games you become a level 8 referee if you are aged 15 or under, or a Level 7 referee if you are aged 16 and over.

Durham County FA Promotion Criteria

LEVEL 7 – 6
- Referees must have officiated for a minimum of one Season.
- You must be 16 years old or older.
- You must be officiating in 11-a-side football which consists of players 17 years old and older.
- You must officiate a minimum of 20 11-a-side fixtures (this does not include friendly games) from 1st March 2014 to the last -day in February 2015.
- You must have a minimum of 5 assessments.
- You must be prepared to officiate in County Cup fixtures
- You must ensure you close all unavailable dates.

LEVEL 7 – 5
- You must be 16 years old or older.
- You must be officiating in 11-a-side football which consists of players 17 years old and older.
- You must officiate a minimum of 40 11-a-side fixtures (this does not include friendly games) and 20 of these games must be -before the end of September 2014
- You must have a minimum of 6 assessments.
- You must be prepared to officiate in County Cup fixtures
- You must ensure you close all unavailable dates.
- You must officiate in a minimum of 5 fixtures as an Assistant Referee.
- Should you be successful in promotion to Level 5 and wish to be considered for Level 4 you would also need to pass the FA Level 4 fitness test which will be held prior to the start of the season.
- You would have to finish in the top 50% of each league you officiate in.

LEVEL 6 – 5
- You must be 16 years old or older.
- You must be officiating in 11-a-side football which consists of players 17 years old and older.
- You must officiate a minimum of 20 11-a-side fixtures (this does not include friendly games).
- You must have a minimum of 5 assessments.
- You must be prepared to officiate in County Cup fixtures
- You must ensure you close all unavailable dates.
- You must officiate in a minimum of 5 fixtures as an Assistant Referee.
- Should you be successful in promotion to Level 5 and wish to be considered for Level 4 you would also need to pass the FA Level 4 fitness test which will be held prior to the start of the season.
- You would have to finish in the top 50% of each league you officiate in.

LEVEL 5 – 4
- You must be 16 years old or older.
- You must be officiating in 11-a-side football which consists of players 17 years old and older.
- You must officiate a minimum of 20 11-a-side fixtures (this does not include friendly games).
- You must have a minimum of 3 assessments.
- You must be prepared to officiate in County Cup fixtures
- You must ensure you close all unavailable dates.
- You must officiate in a minimum of 5 fixtures as an Assistant Referee.
- Should you be successful in promotion to Level 5 and wish to be considered for Level 4 you would also need to pass the FA Level 4 fitness test which will be held prior to the start of the season.
- You would have to finish in the top 50% of each league you officiate in.

The standard fitness test (up to Level 4) involves:

• Two runs of 50m each in less than 7.5 seconds
• A minimum distance run of at least 2,600m in 12 minutes of continuous running.

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