FIFA Fitness Test for Football Referees

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FIFA Fitness Test

The official fitness test for football referees consists of two tests. Test 1, Repeated Sprint Ability (RSA), measures the referee’s ability to perform repeated sprints over 40m. Test 2, Interval Test, evaluates the referee’s capacity to perform a series of high-speed runs over 75m interspersed with 25m walking intervals.

This post describes the format of the RSA and Interval Tests and provides reference times for each test. For U.S. referees, I have broken down the tests into a) required running/walking speeds needed to pass each test and b) treadmill speed equivalents of each part of the RSA and Interval Tests.

If you intend to practice the tests on a treadmill, I highly recommend that you add a gradient/incline of 1 to 1.5% on treadmill settings for the entire duration of each practice test.   

Test 1: Repeated Sprint Ability

Procedure

  1. The ‘start’ gate should be placed at 0m and the ‘finish’ gate at 40m. The ‘start line’ should be marked out 1.5m before the ‘start’ gate.
  2. Referees should line up at the start with their front foot touching the ‘start line’. Once the test leader signals that the electronic timing gates are set, the referee is free to start.
  3. Referees should receive a maximum of 60 seconds recovery between each of the 6 X 40m sprints. During their recovery, referees must walk back to the start.
  4.  If a referee fails one trial out of the six, they should be given a seventh trial immediately after the sixth trial. If they fail two trials out of seven, the match official has failed the test.

 

Repeated Sprint Ability Fifa fitness test for referees.

Reference times for male referees

International and category 1: maximum 6.00 seconds per trial
Speed = 6.67 m/s or Treadmill Speed = 14.39 MPH [round to 14.4 MPH] 
Category 2: maximum 6.10 seconds per trial
Speed = 6.56 m/s or Treadmill Speed = 14.15 MPH [round to 14.2 MPH]
Lower categories: maximum 6.20 seconds per trial
Speed = 6.45 m/s or Treadmill Speed = 13.92 MPH [round to 14 MPH] 

 

Test 2: Interval Test

Procedure

  1. Referees must complete 40 x 75m run / 25m walk intervals. This equates to 4,000m or 10 laps of a 400m athletics track. The pace is dictated by the audio file and reference times are set in accordance
    with the referee’s category.
  2. Referees must start from a standing position. They must not start before the whistle. To ensure that referees do not start early, assistant test leaders should be positioned at each start line to control the
    start.
  3. At the end of each run, each referee must enter the ‘walking area’ before the whistle. The walking area is marked out with a line 1.5m before and 1.5m behind the 75m line.
  4. If a referee fails to place a foot inside the walking area on time, they should receive a clear warning from the test leader. If a referee fails to place a foot inside the walking area on time for a second occasion, they should be stopped by the test leader and informed that they have failed the test.

Interval fifa fitness test for referees

Reference times for male referees

International and category 1: maximum 15 seconds per 75m run and 18 seconds per 25m walk
Run Speed = 4.41 m/s [treadmill speed = 9.9 MPH]
Walk Speed = 1.25 m/s [treadmill speed = 2.8 MPH]
Category 2: maximum of 15 seconds per 75m run 20 seconds per 25m walk
Run Speed = 4.41 m/s [treadmill speed = 9.9 MPH] 
Walk Speed = 1.14 m/s [treadmill speed = 2.6 MPH]
Lower categories: maximum 15 seconds per 75m run and 22 seconds per 25m walk
Run Speed = 4.41 m/s [treadmill speed = 9.9 MPH]
Walk Speed = 1.04 m/s [treadmill speed = 2.3 MPH]

 

Complete descriptions of the FIFA Fitness Tests can be found HERE. In addition, I previously wrote about Maryland state soccer referee fitness testing. That article can be viewed HERE.

 

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