Grassroots Football

Promotion

Durham FA hold courses 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 5 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.

Get in touch

Jeff Russell 

Jeff Russell
(Referee Development Officer)

T: 0191 3872929 (Option 1 then Option 6)

E: Jeff.Russell@DurhamFA.com

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 to the last -day in February the following year.
- 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 
- 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.