Isle of Man Referees' Society 1937
 
 

So, apart from shaving your head, what do you need to do to make it to the top as a referee? 

 

Once you are qualified you will be recognised as a level 7 referee and most of your appointments, certainly in your first season, will be in the combination leagues, women's leagues, and junior leagues.  As your experience grows you may want to apply for a promotion to a higher level meaning you are able to regularly take charge of games in the higher divisions in Manx Football.

To earn a promotion from Level 7 to Level 6, or from Level 6 to Level 5, a referee must meet the following criteria:

  • average marks from clubs during the season of 70/100 or better
  • average marks from a minimum of 3 assessments during the season of 70/100 or better
  • successful completion of a theory examination with a pass mark of at least 75%

In order to take charge of games in the Manx Premier League a Level 5 referee must also complete a basic fitness test.

Once a referee has qualified and been promoted to Levels 6 and/or 5 it would be very unusual for that referee to be down-graded.  The Football Association has recently introduced a new Level 4i for the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey.  The criteria to reach this new level is as follows:

  • average marks from clubs during the season of 70/100 or better
  • average marks from a minimum of 3 assessments during the season of 75/100 or better
  • successful completion of a theory examination with a pass mark of at least 75%
  • completion of a fitness test at the beginning and end of the season in which the referee must be able to run 2,500m in 12 minutes and complete 2x50m sprints in 7.5 seconds.

Level 4i officials will generally be allocated to the top games in Manx football and in return they are required make a far greater contribution to refereeing on the Island than has previously been required of top officials.  This contribution includes the following during the season:

  • referee a miniumum of 15 adult male/female matches
  • referee at least 2 female matches
  • undertake a minimum of 5 appointments as an assistant referee 
  • attend a minimum of 2 in-service RAFA training events
  • support other referees through:
    • mentoring or coaching on at least 5 separate occasions; or
    • adopting a referee to support through the season; or
    • assessing on at least 5 separate occasions; or
    • instructing on a basic course as a qualified level 1 tutor.

Attaining Level 4i status is a continuous cycle and once appointed a referee must continuously meet the stringent requirements that have been set out by the FA in order to retain Level 4i status.

 

Referees wishing to apply for a promotion should contact Kevan Maitland before the start of the season.