The UEFA Referees Committee approved the referee categories for the first half of the season 2018/2019. Benoit Bastien, Jesus Gil Manzano (photo), Artur Soares Dias (men) and Florence Guillemin (women) were promoted to Elite Category, while Gerald Bauernfeind (futsal) was demoted to First Category. The changes take effect on 1 July 2018.
Retired from Elite: Martin Atkinson (ENG), Jonas Eriksson (SWE), David Fernandez Borbalan (ESP).
Promoted from First Category to Elite: Benoit Bastien (France), Jesus Gil Manzano (Spain), Artur Soares Dias (Portugal).
Retired from First Category: Liran Liani (ISR), Clayton Pisani (MLT).
Demoted from First Category to Second Category: Oliver Drachta (AUT), Simon Lee Evans (WAL).
Promoted from Second Category to First Category: Aliyar Agayev (AZE), Srdjan Jovanović (SRB), Georgi Kabakov (BUL), Davide Massa (ITA), Craig Pawson (ENG), Daniel Siebert (GER).
Promoted from Third Category to Second Category: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE),Fabio Costa Verissimo (POR), Juri Frischer (EST), Filip Glova (SVK), Robert Harvey (IRL), Dennis Higler (NED), Kirill Levnikov (RUS), Jens Maae (DEN), Halil Umut Meler (TUR), Anastasios Papapetrou (GRE), Donatas Rumsas (LTU), Vilhjalmur Thorarinsson (ISL),
Retired/removed from Third Category: Mykola Kryvonosov (UKR), Irakli Kvirikashvili (GEO), Dragan Petrovic (BIH).
Promoted from First Category to Elite: Florence Guillemin (FRA).
Promoted from Second Category to First Category: Marta Frias Acedo (ESP), Silvia Rosa Domingos (POR), Desiree Grundbacher (SUI), Melis Ozcigdem (TUR), Cheryl Foster (WAL).
Promoted from Third Category to Second Category: Hristiana Guteva (BUL), Frida Klarlund Nielsen (DEN), Viola Raudzina (LVA).
Retired/removed from Third Category: Michaela Fritz (AUT), Dimitra Tsaganou (GRE), Ruth Wright (NIR), Cristina Paraluta (ROU), Marina Krupskaya (RUS), Cansu Tryak (TUR), Liudmila Telbukh (UKR).
Demoted from Elite to First Category: Gerald Bauernfeind (AUT).
Promoted from Second Category to First Category: Victor Berg Audic (FRA).
Demoted from First Category to Second Category: Elchin Samadli (AZE).
Promoted from Third Category to Second Category: Yusif Nurullayev (AZE), Stefan Vrijens (BEL), Ingus Purins (LVA), Petar Radojcic (SRB), Daniel Matkovic (SUI), Yaroslav Vovchok (UKR).