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The Select Group is a panel of football referees appointed by Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) to officiate matches in the Premier League, as well as the Football League, FA Cup and Carling Cup. The panel was established in 2001, when referees in England became professional.[1]

Select Group Referees for 2009/10 Season

Name Home County Age Select Group Ref. Since
Martin Atkinson West Yorkshire &0000000000000038.00000038 years, &0000000000000291.000000291 days 2005
Stuart Attwell Warwickshire 27 2008
Steve Bennett Kent &0000000000000048.00000048 years, &0000000000000364.000000364 days 2001
Mark Clattenburg Tyne & Wear &0000000000000034.00000034 years, &0000000000000309.000000309 days 2004
Mike Dean Cheshire &0000000000000041.00000041 years, &0000000000000228.000000228 days 2001
Phil Dowd Staffordshire &0000000000000046.00000046 years, &0000000000000355.000000355 days 2001
Chris Foy Merseyside &0000000000000047.00000047 years, &0000000000000057.00000057 days 2001
Kevin Friend Leicestershire &0000000000000038.00000038 years, &0000000000000192.000000192 days 2009
Mark Halsey Lancashire &0000000000000048.00000048 years, &0000000000000192.000000192 days 2001
Mike Jones Cheshire 38 2008
Andre Marriner West Midlands &0000000000000039.00000039 years, &0000000000000015.00000015 days 2005
Lee Mason Lancashire &0000000000000038.00000038 years, &0000000000000079.00000079 days 2006
Lee Probert Wiltshire &0000000000000037.00000037 years, &0000000000000156.000000156 days 2007
Peter Walton Northamptonshire &0000000000000050.00000050 years, &0000000000000098.00000098 days 2003
Howard Webb South Yorkshire &0000000000000038.00000038 years, &0000000000000186.000000186 days 2003
Alan Wiley Staffordshire &0000000000000049.00000049 years, &0000000000000234.000000234 days 2001

Although the Select Group are usually responsible for handling Premier League games, Michael Oliver, from the National list of referees, has been handed his Premier League debut on January 9th 2010, in the game between Fulham and Portsmouth at Craven Cottage.


FIFA Listed

The following referees are currently eligible to be appointed by UEFA and FIFA to international matches[3]:

  • Martin Atkinson
  • Stuart Attwell
  • Mark Clattenburg
  • Mike Dean
  • Andre Marriner
  • Lee Probert
  • Howard Webb

Mike Riley and Rob Styles both retrired at the end of the 2008/09 season, and therefore have lost there FIFA nomination ahead of 2010. Steve Tanner was removed from the Select Group during the 2009/10 season, and therefore alsoi loses his FIFA status. Lee Probert has been drafted in to replace the trio.




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