Michael Oliver (referee)

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Michael Oliver
Oliver in a match at Vienna in 2014
Born (1985-02-20) 20 February 1985 (age 38)
Ashington, Northumberland, England
Years League Role
2003–2005 England Northern League Referee
2005–2007 England Football Conference Referee
2007— The Football League Referee
2010– Premier League Referee
2012— FIFA listed Referee
2018— UEFA Elite Referee

Michael Oliver (born 20 February 1985) is an English professional football referee from Ashington, Northumberland. His county FA is the Northumberland Football Association. He belongs to the Select Group of Referees in England and officiates primarily in the Premier League. He received his FIFA badge in 2012, allowing him to officiate in major international matches. Oliver was appointed to take charge of the final of the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Oliver was promoted to the UEFA Elite Group of Referees in 2018. He is also a Newcastle United supporter.

Career[change | change source]

Born in Ashington, Northumberland, Oliver was introduced refereeing by his father, Clive, at the age of 14. He quickly progressed through the ranks and was promoted to the National List of Referees in 2007; he refereed the 2007 Conference National play-off Final, becoming the youngest football referee to officiate at Wembley Stadium. In addition he had already become the youngest Football League assistant referee, and would also become the youngest fourth official in the Premier League.

Family Oliver enjoyed a unique refereeing double when father Clive took charge of the 2009 League Two play-off Final and Michael officiated the next day at the 2009 League One play-off Final.