Premier League is by far the most popular professional sports league in the world and according to statistics more than half of the population tune in at some points on premier league match weekend on tv or other sources to engage with the league. Premier League features number of clubs who are consistently numbered in top 10 richest clubs in the world, the huge fan following and multi-millions of pounds riding on results every week. We know the clubs, players and the managers but what about the match officials ? How are the selected to officiate games in premier league ? well here is a procedure how Premier league authorities select match referee and assistance for the premier league games.
Professional Game Match Officials Board (PGMOB):
Premier League Match officials use to be non professionals working as part-timers in the past but in 2001 referees in England top flight league “Premier League” became professional and PGMOB (Professional game official board) was formed which has a selected group of referees panel who officiate premier league games. The Board (PGMOB) works throughout the year to recruit new referees, develop better level of officiating in league games. The current head of the board is former Premier League and FIFA referee Mike Relay.
Premier League Referee Panel:
A selected group of referee panel is appointed by PGMOB before the start of each premier league season, The panel include around 15 to 20 referees who officiat league games every week. The number of games awarded to each referee is depend on the experience and performance. Every match official performances is tracked by PGMOB throughout every game and season.
Appointment of Match Officials Before the Premier League ?
Usually the match officials appointments for every premier league game is disclosed very close to the date of the game, quite often its just 2 days before the match. Here is the list of match officials currently on Selected group panel.
|#||Referee||Age||Appointment Since||Other Affiliations|
|2||Mark Clattenburg||39||2004||FIFA, UEFA|