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All referees affiliated with FIFA have a designated referee grade. The grade indicates the qualification of the referee to officiate at various levels of local, national and international soccer competition. Most referees begin their careers as Grade 8 having taken the entry training course. Very young aspirants to refereeing may take an abbreviated training course and be registered as Grade 9 which qualifies them for very young "small sided" matches (usually seven to ten year old players in six versus six per team matches) and other recreational youth matches. The following links will help guide you through the upgrade process:

Upgrade Process Game Log Form Upgrade Form Advanced Grade Requirements Annual Grade Maintenance
Written Test Fitness Test Schedule Request an Assessment List Of Upgraded Referees

If you still have questions, please contact the SRA