Training & Fitness Tests

2019/20 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.

SFA REGIONAL TRAINING DATE  24 November 2019 at Highland Football Academy, DINGWALL.

This training day applies to Referees at Categories 4, 4Dev, 5, 6 and 7, who didn’t attend the training date at Forfar on 27 October.  

Please contact the Association Manager if you wish to attend the event.  Please also advise if you are prepared to provide transport or if you need assistance with transport.


Fitness Tests for Season 2019/20

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



Category 5 &  Cat 5 SHFL Fitness Test will take place on THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2019 at Aberdeen Sports Village, with a “warm up” commencing at 6.30pm (prompt). – COMPLETED
Please advise Sandy in advance WHETHER  you will be attending. This will greatly assist in the management of the Test.

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