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Overview of Referee System

Referee's qualification

To be referee at a football or futsal match organised by Japan Football Association or other affiliated football associations, a qualification is required.

Football Referees (Number of referees until 1 April 2020:281,125)
Football RefereesFootball Referees
Class Number of referees Skill
Class 1 224 Can referee football matches organised by JFA
Women
Class 1
50 Can referee women's football matches organised beyond the competence of JFA or matches of 2nd , 3rd , 4th category.
Class 2 3,705 Can referee football matches organised by regional football associations.
Class 3 General : 34,932 Can referee football marches organised by prefectural football associations.
U-18 : 835
U-15 : 66
Class 4 General :
139,095
Can referee football matches organised by prefectural football associations' branches and by groups and federations etc. registered in the districtual / municipal / local football associations.
※ Class 4 referees who has been recognized as particularly excellent by Prefectural football associations can referee football matches organised by Prefectural football associations.
U-18 : 69,156
U-15 : 33,062
Futsal Referees(Number of referees until 1 April 2020:24,061)
Referee's qualificationReferee's qualification
Class Number of referees Skill
Futsal Class 1 56 Can referee futsal matches organised by JFA as referee or assistant referee.
Futsal Class 2 938 Can referee futsal matches organised by regional football associations as referee or assistant referee.
Futsal Class 3 General : 3,996 Can referee futsal matches organised by prefectural football associations as referee or assistant referee
U-18 : 42
U-15 : 2
Futsal Class 4 General : 17,392 Can referee futsal matches organised by prefectural football associations' branches and by groups and federations etc. registered in districtual / municipal / local football associations, as referee or assistant referee.
※ Class 4 Futsal referees who has been recognized as particularly excellent by Prefectural football associations can referee football matches organised by Prefectural football associations as referees or assistant referees.
U-18 : 1,192
U-15 : 443
Referee instructor's qualification
Football referee instructors(Number of football instructors until 1 April 2020:2,832)
Football referee
Class Number Skill
Class S 28 Can supervise, assess, certificate class1 to class 4 referees and class1 to class 3 instructors.
Class 1 112 Can supervise, assess, certificate class 1 to class 4 referees and class 2 to class 3 instructors.
Class 2 779 Can supervise, assess, certificate class 2 to class 4 referees and class 3 instructors.
Class 3 1,913 Can supervise, assess, certificate class 3 to class 4 referees.
Futsal referee instructors(Number of Futsal referee instructors until 1 April 2020:580 )
Football referee
Class Number Skill
FUTSAL
Class 1
31 Can supervise, assess, certificate Futsal class 1 to class 4 referees and futsal class 2 to class 3 instructors.
FUTSAL
Class 2
188 Can supervise, assess, certificate Futsal class 2 to class 4 referees and futsal class 3 instructors.
FUTSAL
Class 3
361 Can supervise, assess, certificate Futsal class 3 to class 4 referees.

 

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