|Year of birth||1971|
|County FA||Sheffield & Hallamshire FA|
|First Premier League Match||18 October 2003: Fulham v Wolverhampton Wanderers|
Howard Webb is now regarded as one of the top referees in world football. After plying his trade in the lower leagues during the mid-1990s, he made the step up to the top flight as an assistant referee in 1998, before taking charge of his first Premier League match five years later.
Webb has been ever-present in the top flight since his introduction in 2003. Some of his most notable domestic matches include the 2007 League Cup Final between Arsenal and Chelsea and the 2009 FA Cup Final, when Chelsea defeated Everton at Wembley Stadium.
He has been a FIFA-listed official since 2005 and has regularly refereed in the Champions League, European Championships and World Cup qualifiers during this time. Webb, along with fellow Select Group referees Martin Atkinson and Mark Clattenburg, is a FIFA Elite referee.
In 2010, he made history when he became the first man to officiate the Final of both the Champions League and the World Cup in the same year. The first part of this historic achievement came when he oversaw Inter Milan’s 2-0 victory over Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu in May. Just two months later, he was given the responsibility of officiating Spain’s triumph against Netherlands in Johannesburg’s Soccer City stadium.
His global reputation has also been enhanced with matches in the 2006 European Under-21 Championship and the 2009 Confederations Cup in South Africa.
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