Fitness Test Requirements 

Football Victoria (FV) wishes to inform all referees of the fitness test requirements for the 2019 FV season. Referees wishing to be appointed in the following leagues will need to successfully complete the following fitness test requirements.

 

National Premier League - (Men’s & Women’s):

 

Role

Test Format

Test 1 (sprints)

Test 2 / 3 (high intensity)

Laps required

NPL Referees

FIFA Cat 1 Men’s Referee

Max 6 sec -40m

15/18 x4 per lap

10 laps

NPL Assistant Referee

FIFA Cat 2 Men’s AR

Max 4.8 sec -30m

15/22 x4 per lap

10 laps

NPLW Referee

FIFA Cat 2 Women’s Referee

Max 6.5 sec -40m

17/22 x4 per lap

10 laps

 

NPLW assistant referees are not required to complete a fitness test.

 

NPL2 assistant referees are not required to complete a fitness test. However, NPL2 assistant referees are invited to complete the test to ensure they can be appointed to NPL should the opportunity arise in 2019.


Men's State League, Men's Metropolitan League or Women's State League:

 

Role

Test Format

Laps required

Time

Men’s State League 1-3 Referees

150m run / 50m walk / 150m run /50m walk per lap

10 laps

Under 25 min

Men’s State League 4-5 Referees

150m run / 50m walk / 150m run /50m walk per lap

10 laps

Under 30 min

Men's Metropolitan League & Women's State League

150m run / 50m walk / 150m run /50m walk per lap

10 laps

Under 30 min

 

Referees who only referee as a Reserve grade referee or assistant referee in any competition are not required to complete a fitness test.


Junior Competition referees are not required to complete the fitness assessment. Referees who referee in a combination of both junior and senior football are required to complete the fitness assessment.

The requirements of the tests are 10 continuous laps on a 400m athletics track. This consists of running for 150 metres, walking for 50 metres, running for 150 metres and walking for 50 metres. You are allowed to walk in the run section, but not run in the walk section.


Please note: passing the fitness test is a pre-requisite to be appointed to a specific league but does not guarantee appointments at that level. Referees must be deemed competent at each league level before progressing to high leagues. 


Should you have any questions please contact the FV Referees Department (03) 94741800 or Referees@footballvictoria.com.au