FA Cup 5th Round Match Officials

Monday 2 March  Portsmouth v Arsenal – 7.45pm – Live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate Referee: Michael Dean Assistant Referees: Simon Bennett & Edward Smart Fourth Official: David Coote Tuesday 3 March Chelsea v Liverpool – 7.45pm – Live...
Journey to Professionalism

Journey to Professionalism

During my period as General Manager of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited the organisation responsible for the selection, development of match officials to the Professional game in England. I devised a business plan to deliver a cadre of world-class...

IFAB VAR PROTOCOL (SUMMARY)

IFAB PROTOCOL (SUMMARY) Procedures Original decision • The referee and other match officials must always make an initial decision (including any disciplinary action) as if there was no VAR (except for a ‘missed’ incident) • The referee and other match officials are...

VAR Process Flawed and Embarrassing

As a grassroots referee you look up to the elite officials to pave the way for you, to make the life of a referee easier by top class performances which can be justified when fans, pundits and others disagree. The processes our PGMOL officials have to follow regards...

Premier League Fitness should Equal FIFA Fitness

Where do you set your bar for achievements, what are your personal standards of acceptance and a minimum requirement for your own satisfaction. I’ve woken up to the fact two of our brightest prospects in refereeing have failed their FIFA fitness tests. Circumstance...