Referee Pathway Scheme


The Pathway's main purpose is to identify our top-level domestic referees. These are referees that are considered capable of refereeing internationally as a FIE referee at future Olympics and World cup. The pathway programme is in place to support these future FIE candidates through a provision of training, mentoring and experience to referee to the highest standards at Junior World Cup competitions. As such those on the Pathway will be allocated opportunities to officiate on the junior world cup circuit prior to other referees, along with CPD seminars and training days run by British Fencing.

This skillset can then to be used domestically to increase the standard of refereeing within British Fencing events with the aim to better support our current and future WCP fencers in their performance goals.

It is important to note that once qualified the FIE require a 10 year commitment to refereeing at this level, but enforce retirement the season after your 60th birthday. Referees who are within 10 years of this date are therefore very unlikely to be accepted onto this pathway.

British fencing runs an open application for those referees who wish to develop their refereeing abilities further.

The first review of the Pathway program took place in June 2016, and took into account the individual referees commitment to British Fencing run competitions and to their international progression towards the FIE qualification.

Please read the updated document,which can be found here - updated following 2017 Pathway Review

Please complete the application form and enclose a brief summary of your recent relevant refereeing experience.

Applications should be made via

Once accepted onto the pathway please complete and return the acceptance form to