Michael Oliver (referee)

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Michael Oliver
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Oliver in a match at Vienna in 2014
Full name Michael Oliver
Born (1985-02-20) 20 February 1985 (age 33)
Ashington, Northumberland, England
Years League Role
2003–2005 Northern League Referee
2005–2007 Football Conference Referee
2007–present The Football League Referee
2010–present Premier League Referee
Years League Role
2012–present FIFA listed Referee
2018–present UEFA Elite Referee

Michael Oliver (born 20 February 1985) is an English professional football referee from Ashington, Northumberland. His county FA is the Northumberland Football Association.[1] In 2010, he was promoted to the Select Group of Referees, who officiate primarily in the Premier League. He was elevated to the FIFA list of referees in 2012, allowing him to take charge of major European and international matches. Oliver was appointed to referee the final of the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile. Oliver was promoted to the UEFA Elite Group of Referees in 2018.

Refereeing career

Born in Ashington, Northumberland, Oliver was introduced to refereeing by his father, Clive, at the age of 14.[2] He quickly progressed through the ranks and was promoted to the National List of Referees in 2007; he refereed the 2007 Conference National play-off final, becoming the youngest football referee to officiate at Wembley Stadium. In addition he had already become the youngest Football League assistant referee, youngest Football League referee, and would also become the youngest fourth official in the Premier League.

The Oliver family enjoyed a unique refereeing double when father Clive took charge of the 2009 League Two play-off final and Michael officiated the next day at the 2009 League One play-off final.

Oliver was set to become the youngest referee in the Premier League when he was appointed to a match between Fulham and Portsmouth in January 2010.[3] However, adverse weather resulted in him having to postpone the match, and an ankle operation later sidelined him until April.[4] He was promoted to the Select Group in August 2010, his first appointment being Birmingham City versus Blackburn Rovers. Oliver was 25 years and 182 days old, breaking Stuart Attwell's record as the youngest-ever Premier League referee.

Oliver was appointed fourth official for the 2013 League Cup final at Wembley Stadium. He refereed the FA Cup semi-final between Wigan Athletic and Millwall in April 2013 and in doing so became the youngest referee to take charge of an FA Cup semi-final. Wigan went on to win the FA Cup and played Manchester United in the subsequent FA Community Shield match for which Oliver was fourth official.

He was the referee for the 2014 FA Community Shield between Arsenal and Manchester City.[5] The FA Cup holders Arsenal won the match 3–0.

Oliver refereed three group stage matches in the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League, his first being Sporting CP against Legia Warsaw in September 2016.

Refereeing statistics

Domestic finals

2014 FA Community Shield
Date Match Venue
10 August 2014 England ArsenalEngland Manchester City London
2016 EFL Cup Final
Date Match Venue
28 February 2016 England LiverpoolEngland Manchester City London

Card statistics

Season Matches Total YC YC per match Total Red card Red card per match
2006/07 12 26 2.17 3 0.27
2007/08 29 73 2.52 6 0.21
2008/09 41 101 2.46 5 0.12
2009/10 27 74 2.74 7 0.26
2010/11 29 83 2.86 6 0.21
2011/12 36 94 2.61 4 0.11
2012/13 39 105 2.69 1 0.03
2013/14 40 141 3.53 4 0.10
2014/15 39 137 3.51 6 0.15
2015/16 36 131 3.64 9 0.25
2016/17 44 138 3.14 5 0.11
As of 2016–17 season. Statistics are for all competitions. No records are available prior to 2006–07.[6]


  1. ^ "Michael Oliver Referee Profile | Premier League". Premier League. Retrieved 15 March 2017. 
  2. ^ Refworld profile Archived 15 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Michael Oliver set to be youngest referee in Premier League history Mail Online
  4. ^ Michael Oliver set to make history guardian.co.uk
  5. ^ "Michael Oliver to referee FA Community Shield". thefa.com. The Football Association. 1 July 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  6. ^ http://www.soccerbase.com/referees/referee.sd?referee_id=1025

External links

  • Refworld.com
  • Michael Oliver Referee Statistics at soccerbase.com
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