Training & Fitness Tests

2023/24 Training Arrangements


All training will be held on Tuesdays & Thursdays at Aberdeen Sports Village commencing at 6.30 p.m. and finishes for 8.00 p.m.

Referees in Categories 1, 2, 3SAR, & 3 must explain ALL absences from training to be recorded on a tracker which is forwarded to the SFA.

Therefore, all referees in the above categories are to advise Sandy Roy – Association Manager – to his ‘home’ e-mail address on a weekly basis of the reason for any non-attendance at Training.

70% actual attendance will be seen as the absolute minimum.










Fitness Tests for Season 2023/24

Fitness Tests will be shared through Association Manager.  Keep an eye out of notifications.



Fitness Test

The FIFA fitness test is completed in two parts;

  • 6x40m sprints (5x30m for Specialist Assistant Referees)
  • 10 laps of the track set up as 75m run, 25m recovery x 4 = 400m track.

SARs must also complete a Change of Direction (CODA) test.

The timings for these are below:

Category 1 – 2Dev

6x40m in 6.0s or less

75m in 15s and 25m recovery of 18s

Category 3SAR and 3SARDev

5x30m in 4.70s or less

75m in 15s and 25m recovery of 20s

CODA test

Category 3/3Dev, 4/4Dev & 5

6x40m in 6.2s or less

75m in 15s and 25m recovery of 22s

If you would like to practice the test you can download them here

Category 1-2dev
Category 3SAR-4Dev

The Yo-Yo Test

The Yo-Yo test is being used increasingly in refereeing, and although not a mandatory requirement it is often used as a measure of fitness.  The test is similar to the traditonal bleep test and is set up as shown:

Anyone wishing to practice the test can download the MP3 here,

Yo-Yo Test MP3



SPEAR Physiotherapy

Discounted Physiotherapy rate (from 1st March 2023) for
Referees will be £46.