Supply League Observer
Good luck to all the L4 & L3's who have their fitness tests on Sunday.
So how do they ensure you do actually have a general form of fitness?Not sure why the FA get so het up on fitness tests, getting decisions right is 90% job done. That doesn't mean out sprinting the strikers! You should really be having another hobby if you haven't some form general fitness to start to be a referee, decent eyes, half a brain and semi functioning ears they help too!
I agree, a test better suited to the challenges of refereeing should be used, however the cooper test is so easy to administrate I doubt they'll switch.They are absolutely needed, although I would personally switch it to the FIFA style test rather than the Cooper test.
Back when I was a level 3 I used to breeze the fitness test, usually covering 2.9 to 3km, but still found myself blowing out of my rear end in some games. Some of those contrib games need an incredibly high level of fitness due to the pace of the game, and it would be pointless promoting referees to that level who have no chance of being able to keep up.
5k in under 21 seconds? Superman ...?!reading what the the fitness test is I don't think it sounds too bad. With general fitness through the season it should be easily achievable. I would like to take it just to see where I am but as a level 7 and not looking for promotion as I specialise in youth footie I will never take this test. But on a track I can run 5k under 21 seconds.