Training & Fitness Tests

Season 2018/19 Training Arrangements

All training will be held at Aberdeen Sports Village on Tuesday and Thursday nights commencing at 6.30 p.m. and finishes for 8.00 p.m.

Any amendments over the festive & end of season, will be updated to all members.

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.


This is confirmed as Sunday 11th November, being held at Forfar Athletic FC.  This training day applies to Referees at Categories 4, 4Dev, 5, 6 and 7.  Further details will be issued through the Association Manager, but note the date for your diary.

Fitness Tests for Season 2018/19


Category 5 Fitness Test took place on Thursday 6 September 2018 at Aberdeen Sports Village, commencing at 6.30pm.
Well Done to all that took part and congratulations to all participants who have been updated to Category 5.
Further Category Fitness Test dates for Season 2018/19 will be updated on this site once details confirmed.

All tests will be at Aberdeen Sports Village with a prompt start at 6.30 p.m. therefore all members are requested to arrive timeously.

Please advise Sandy Roy (Association Manager) if you are unable to attend on the date allocated for your Category.

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