Select Group Referees

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The Select Group is a panel of professional football referees and assistant referees, appointed by Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL).

Six Select Group referees and eleven assistant referees are on the FIFA International List. Two referees—Michael Oliver and Anthony Taylor—are also on the UEFA Elite Group list.[1][2]

The panel was established in 2001, when referees in England became professional.[3]

Select Group Match Officials

The 2018-2019 Select Group match officials lists comprises of 18 referees and 27 assistant referees.

Referees

Name Year appointed FIFA and UEFA statuses
Martin Atkinson 2005 FIFA and UEFA Referee (2006-2018)
Stuart Attwell 2016 FIFA Referee – UEFA Second Group
David Coote 2018
Mike Dean 2001 FIFA and UEFA Referee (2003-2013)
Roger East 2013
Kevin Friend 2009
Simon Hooper 2018
Chris Kavanagh 2017
Bobby Madley 2013 FIFA Referee – UEFA Second Group
Andre Marriner 2005 FIFA and UEFA Referee (2009-2017)
Lee Mason 2006
Jon Moss 2011
Michael Oliver 2010 FIFA Referee – UEFA Elite Group
Craig Pawson 2013 FIFA Referee – UEFA First Group
Lee Probert 2007 FIFA and UEFA Referee (2010-2016)
Graham Scott 2015
Anthony Taylor 2010 FIFA Referee – UEFA Elite Group
Paul Tierney 2016 FIFA Referee – UEFA Second Group

Assistant Referees

Name Year appointed FIFA and UEFA statuses
Simon Beck Former FIFA Assistant Referee
Simon Bennett FIFA Assistant Referee (2013-)
Gary Beswick FIFA Assistant Referee (2014-)
Lee Betts FIFA Assistant Referee (2016-)
Stuart Burt FIFA Assistant Referee (2011-)
Darren Cann 2005 Former FIFA Assistant Referee
Stephen Child FIFA Assistant Referee (2010-)
Dan Cook 2017
Neil Davies 2018
Derek Eaton
Andy Halliday
Constantine Hatzidakis FIFA Assistant Referee (2017-)
Adrian Holmes
Ian Hussin FIFA Assistant Referee (2017-)
Peter Kirkup Former FIFA Assistant Referee
Scott Ledger
Harry Lennard FIFA Assistant Referee (2017-)
Simon Long
Sian Massey-Ellis 2010 FIFA Assistant Referee (2009-)
Mick McDonough
Adam Nunn FIFA Assistant Referee (2017-)
Marc Perry
Dan Robathan 2018
Mark Scholes
Eddie Smart FIFA Assistant Referee (2018-)
Richard West
Matthew Wilkes

Notable International Appointments

Current and former Select Group match officials have overseen some of the most prestigious matches available, these include:

Select Group 2 Match Officials

In December 2015, the PGMOL announced that a new Select Group 2 would be created. This would start from the 2016-2017 season, and the officials would primarily oversee Championship matches.[4]

In July 2018, the list of Select Group 2 match officials was updated ahead of the 2018-2019 season.[5]

The 2018-2019 Select Group 2 match officials lists comprises of 20 referees and 36 assistant referees.

Referees

Name Year appointed
James Adcock 2016
Peter Bankes 2016
John Brooks 2018
Darren Bond 2016
Andrew Davies 2016
Scott Duncan 2016
Geoff Eltringham 2016
Darren England 2017
Tony Harrington 2016
Robert Jones 2018
Oliver Langford 2016
James Linington 2016
Andy Madley 2016
Stephen Martin 2016
Tim Robinson 2016
Jeremy Simpson 2016
Keith Stroud 2016
Gavin Ward 2018
David Webb 2018
Andy Woolmer 2016

Assistant Referees

Name Year appointed
Darren Blunden 2016
Ian Cooper 2016
Adam Crysell 2016
Philip Dermott 2016
Mark Dwyer 2016
John Flynn 2016
Matt Foley 2016
Andrew Fox 2016
Michael George 2016
Nick Greenhalgh 2016
Paul Hodskinson 2016
Nick Hopton 2016
Akil Howson 2016
Shaun Hudson 2016
Jonathan Hunt 2016
Robert Hyde 2016
Mark Jones 2016
Graham Kane 2018
Daniel Leach 2016
Sam Lewis 2018
Nigel Lugg 2016
James Mainwaring 2016
Adam Matthews 2016
Matthew McGrath 2016
Robert Merchant 2016
Steven Meredith 2016
Tony Peart 2016
Mark Pottage 2016
Geoffrey Russell 2016
Mark Russell 2016
Billy Smallwood 2016
Dean Treleaven 2018
Lee Venamore 2017
Adrian Waters 2018
James Wilson 2016
Timothy Wood 2016

Former Select Group Referees

Name Home county Year appointed Year removed FIFA list Notes
Chris Foy Merseyside 2001 2015 2002–2007 Retired to become senior referees' coach for PGMOL[6]
Phil Dowd Staffordshire 2001 2016 Retired due to injury
Howard Webb South Yorkshire 2003 2014 2005–2014 Retired to become technical director of PGMOL
Alan Wiley Staffordshire 2001 2010 Retired
Steve Bennett Kent 2001 2010 Retired
Uriah Rennie South Yorkshire 2001 2009 2000–2005 Retired due to injury
Rob Styles Hampshire 2001 2009 2002–2009 Retired
Steve Tanner Somerset 2007 2009 2008–2009 Demoted to National List
Barry Knight London 2001 2008 Retired due to injury
Matt Messias Cheshire 2001 2006 2003–2006 Demoted and resigned
Neale Barry Lincolnshire 2001 2005 Retired to oversee refeering development
Mike Riley West Yorkshire 2001 2009 1999–2009 Retired to become head of PGMOL
Keith Stroud Dorset 2007 2009 Demoted to National List
Dermot Gallagher Oxfordshire 2001 2007 1994–2002 Retired
Graham Poll Hertfordshire 2001 2007 1996–2007 Retired
Andy D'Urso Essex 2001 2005 2001–2005 Demoted to National List
Jeff Winter Lancashire 2001 2004 Retired
Graham Barber Surrey 2001 2004 1998–2004 Retired
Paul Durkin Dorset 2001 2004 Retired
Peter Jones Leicestershire 2001 2002 1996–2002 Retired
Peter Walton Northamptonshire 2003 2012 Retired to become manager of PRO for North America
David Elleray Kent 2001 2003 1992–1999 Retired
Steve Dunn Gloucestershire 2001 2006 1997–2002 Retired due to injury
Mark Halsey Lancashire 2001 2013 2000–2006 Retired
Mark Clattenburg Durham 2004 2017 2006–2017 Retired to become Head of Refereeing at Saudi Arabian Football Federation
Mike Jones Cheshire 2008 2018 Retired to work with-in PGMOL developing V.A.R
Neil Swarbrick Lancashire 2011 2018 Retired to work with-in PGMOL developing V.A.R

See also

References

  1. ^ "FIFA International List". 
  2. ^ "UEFA Referee Categories". 
  3. ^ "Football referees turn professional". BBC Sport. 13 June 2001. Retrieved 1 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 April 2016. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "Select Group 2 Match Officials for 2018-2019 season". 
  6. ^ "Foy to take up new PGMOL coaching position". Premier League. 18 May 2015. Retrieved 1 March 2016. 

External links

  • "Referee Chris Kavanagh and Assistant Referee Dan Cook promoted to Select Group ahead of the 2017–2018 season". 
  • "Referees David Coote and Simon Hooper and Assistant Referees Neil Davies and Dan Robathan promoted to Select Group ahead of the 2018–2019 season". 
  • "2018 International Refereeing List" (PDF). 
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