Howard Webb

Howard Melton Webb MBE (born 14 July 1971)[1] is an English former professional football referee who officiated primarily in the Premier League from 2003 to 2014, as well as for FIFA as a FIFA international referee from 2005 to 2014.

Howard Webb
MBE
Webb in 2011
Full name Howard Melton Webb
Born (1971-07-14) 14 July 1971 (age 51)
Rotherham, England
Other occupation Police Officer with South Yorkshire Police
Domestic
Years League Role
1993–1995 Northern Counties East Assistant referee
1995–1998 Northern Counties East Referee
1996–1998 Football League Assistant referee
1998–2000 Premier League Assistant referee
1998–2000 Football Conference Referee
2000–2003 Football League Referee
2003–2014 Premier League Referee
International
Years League Role
2005–2014 FIFA listed Referee

Webb is counted amongst the all-time top referees by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics[2] and refereed a number of notable matches in England including the FA Cup final, the FA Community Shield and the final of the League Cup. In 2010, he became the first person to referee the finals of both the UEFA Champions League and FIFA World Cup in the same year.[3]

Throughout his professional career, Webb drew praise for his authoritative and respected approach to refereeing from football bodies, pundits, colleagues, players and managers.[4][5][6][7][8] He announced his retirement in August 2014 to become the technical director of the Professional Game Match Officials Board.[9]


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