At a higher level, there are five “Supply Leagues” which recruit assistant referees from London.Those Supply Leagues have each written a few words about themselves and their summaries are reproduced below.
The League also has a further division which comprises the reserve teams of 14 of the clubs.
The League comprises clubs playing in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Guernsey, Hampshire, London, Middlesex, and Surrey.
The League regularly monitors the standards of the grounds and facilities to ensure that correct gradings are maintained.
This Step 5 League has just celebrated its 40th anniversary season and is a good stepping-stone for any promotion candidates and for those seeking progression in refereeing.
The art of “running the line” is very different from the art of refereeing.
Many a problem has arisen when referees who have done exceptionally well during a season have been honoured for their performances with appointments as assistant referees for semi-finals and finals of cup competitions: if those officials are not familiar with the skills and techniques required of assistant referees, then they will invariably let down the players, the referee and themselves in these show-piece games.
The London FA encourages referees to act as assistant referees on a regular basis to overcome this problem.
Indeed, appointments of assistant referees to County Cup Finals, etc., are now based on an individual’s experience and performance as an assistant referee during the year in question rather than on his or her performance as a referee.
There are also many other reasons to become an assistant referee including: There are plenty of opportunities in London to officiate as an assistant referee.