Steps to becoming a World Cup referee
Complete an Introductory Referees course and become a Club Based Referee. This takes six hours and courses are run at your own Club.
Qualify to be appointed to referee local games. Complete a Level One Referees Course, this involves knowledge of Laws of the Game with a theory test then a field test. The theory course takes 12 hours.
Qualify to referee Premiership games. You will be in your second or third year of refereeing senior football then complete a Level Two Referees Course. This involves more modules on the Laws of the Game with a further theory test, a fitness test then two field tests.
Qualify to referee National Youth League or National Womans league. Fitness test, one physical training session per week with monthly “beep” test, and regular field tests throughout the season.
Qualify to referee Central League. A fitness test then approximately three regular field tests throughout the season.
Qualify to referee National League. Fitness test, one physical training session per week with monthly “beep” test and a minimum of five field tests.
Qualify to referee FIFA games. Have been a National League referee for at least two years, undertake fitness and field tests as required and be between 25 and 40 years of age in order to be nominated.
New Zealand Football also run academies to give indepth coaching over a week which will fast track the development of referees
The following pathways outline the steps involved
Match Officials Pathway