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FA Referee Progression Pathway 2024/25


Lincolnshire FA are delighted to share details of the FA Progression Pathway and confirm that the application process for 2024/25 is NOW OPEN!

The FA Referee Progression Pathway will create more progression opportunities for referees across the grassroots game (Levels 5, 6, 7 & Youth Referees). The priorities of this change will focus on:  

• Giving referees greater control over their own progression 
• Providing a route for expedited progression for those able to commit to more games 
• Instilling a developmental philosophy into grassroots refereeing 
• Motivating and incentivising refereeing through structural change 
• Removing some of the key barriers to progress 


The methodology has replaced the annual promotion process based on formal assessments, with progression based on: 

• Number of appointments
• Completion of free online referee development modules 
• Support and advice from Match Day Coaches, not Observers 
• Successful completion of a Laws of the Game exam 
• Attendance at face-to-face mandatory training (Level 6-5 only) 

Please also find detailed below specific information for each of the promotion levels providing exact information on what is required:  

Referee Promotion Requirements


All Level 4W - 3W applications must be received by 31st July 2024.

All Level 5 - 4 applications must be received by 1st September 2024.


Referee Promotion applications are now open. To apply, please complete the form below:

Apply for Referee Promotion here

For those candidates applying for Level 5-4, we will confirm the dates of the Lincolnshire FA fitness test in due course following your application. 

We look forward to supporting those of you who wish to apply. 

Get in touch

Declan Ford

Referee Development Manager

T: 01522 596580