Howard Webb has retired as a match referee and has been appointed technical director of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited, the Premier League announced yesterday.
In his new role, Webb will be responsible for overseeing the technical direction and standards that govern the on-field performance of match officials. In a statement on the Premier League’s website, Webb expressed his excitement and said he is looking forward to the challenge.
“I am very excited to start this new chapter in my career after a wonderfully rewarding 25 years on the pitch,” Webb told the Premier League website.
“I have spent over a decade with the best seat in the house for Barclays Premier League matches, been lucky enough to be involved in nine Uefa and Fifa tournaments, and taken charge of the Uefa Champions League and Fifa World Cup finals.
“Refereeing has given me so much and it’s important that match officials who have had the rewards remain in the game to pass on their knowledge. I also have much more to learn about the business of refereeing and the best place for me to do that is with PGMOL. It’s an incredibly positive working environment and we all have a common goal of improving refereeing,” he added.
Webb began refereeing in 1989 and progressed through the Northern Counties and Football League to become a Select Group referee in 2003. He has refereed more than 500 Barclays Premier League and Football League matches and officiated in every major domestic final.