As at 1st June in each year every Referee is to be classified as follows;
International FIFA List Referee
Level 1 National List Referee
Level 2a Panel Select List Referee
Level 2b Panel List Referee
Level 3 Contributory League Referee
Level 4 Supply League Referee
Level 5 Senior County Referee. This classification includes Referees who have served at a higher level. *
Level 6 County Referee
Level 7 Junior County Referee (16 years of age or over)
Level 8 Youth Referee (14 or 15 years of age)
Level 9 Trainee Referee
Level 10 Referee Workforce (if not already registered as an active Referee)
* Where a Referee has achieved a Level higher than Level 5 and is not retained, the Referee will usually be reclassified as a Level 5 Referee, with the option of further promotion in the normal way or until a status of non-active is declared by the individual.
The Association may designate Referees as Specialist Assistant Referees who will officiate almost exclusively as Assistant Referee according to guidelines determined from time to time.
A Referee may be registered as one or more of the following specialist categories; such registration may be in addition to a Level 1 to 10 registration.
MSR Mini Soccer Referee
SS Small Sided Referee
WFR1 Premier League and Super League Women's Football Referee
WFR2 Combination Women's Football Referee
WFR3 Regional Premier Division Women's Football Referee
WFR4 Regional League Women's Football Referee
WFR5 County League Women's Football Referee
WFR6 Girls and County League Women's Football Referee
WFR7 Trainee Women's Football Referee
FURF International FIFA Futsal Referee
FUR1 National Futsal Referee
FUR2 Regional Futsal Referee
FUR3 Senior County Futsal Referee
FUR4 County Futsal Referee
FUR5 Junior County Futsal Referee
FUR6 Youth Futsal Referee
When a Referee changes residence from one Affiliated Association to another, the classification Level will be accepted by the Affiliated Association into whose area the Referee has been moved.
A Referee moving to England from another country must provide proof of their current Referee status from their National Association. The Association will determine their classification Level.
Trainee Referees undertaking the Basic Referee Training Course must be registered as Level 9 by the end of Module 3. A Level 9 Referee will automatically become a Level 7 Referee (16 years of age or over) or Level 8 (14 or 15 years of age) upon successful completion of the Basic Referee Training Course.
A Level 8 Referee will automatically become a Level 7 Referee on reaching the age of 16.