Professional Game Match Officials Limited

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Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) is the body responsible for match officials in English professional football.

Formerly known as the Professional Game Match Officials Board (PGMOB), it was formed when English referees became professional in 2001, to provide Officials for all games played in the Premier League, English Football League (EFL) and Football Association competitions. The organisation is funded by the Premier League, EFL and the FA.

The governing body has a senior refereeing group called Select Group.

Staff[change | change source]

Employee Title
Danielle Every Chief Operating Officer
Howard Webb Chief Refereeing Officer
Dr Steve McNally Performance Support Director
Bibiana Steinhaus-Webb Women's Select Group Director[1]
Adam Gale-Watts Select Group 1 Director[2]
Alan Wiley Select Group 2 Director[3]
Mike Jones National Group Director[3]
Jon Moss Select Group 1 Manager[1]
Kevin Friend Select Group 2 Manager[2]
Martin Atkinson Select Group 1 Coach[1]
Mike Mullarkey Head of Assistant Referees[4]
Rebecca Smith Referee Coach[1]
Steve Child Assistant Referee Coach[5]
Chris Foy Head of Community and Public Engagement[6]
Richard Beeby International Referee Development Manager[7]
Paul Russell Head of Psychology[8]
Simon Breivik Head of Fitness and Medical[9]

Evaluation[change | change source]

The Select Group referees meet twice per month for training sessions and analysis of match videos and data.

Controversy[change | change source]

In September 2016, Mark Halsey, a former member and a referee, claimed that PGMOL asked him to cover up the truth in match reports. PGMOL denied the claim, and no further action was taken.

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  2. 2.0 2.1 "Premier League facing shortfall of experienced referees as Kevin Friend steps down".
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Dave Allison to retire after 42 years of service".
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