|Year of birth||1971|
|County FA||West Riding FA|
|First Premier League Match||20 April 2005: Manchester City v Birmingham City|
Martin Atkinson began his professional refereeing career at just 16 years of age and has risen through the ranks to become one of the most well respected officials in the Premier League.
After starting in local leagues, he advanced to the Football League’s list of assistant referees in 1998. Promotions quickly followed and he was refereeing Conference matches by 2002.
Atkinson had been an assistant referee in the Premier League between 2000 and 2003, but his first taste of refereeing in the top flight came when he was in the middle for Manchester City’s clash with Birmingham City in 2005.
He has been a permanent fixture in the Premier League ever since and, after refereeing the 2006 FA Community Shield and 2008 FA Trophy Final, his most notable moment in English football came when he took charge of the 2011 FA Cup Final between Manchester City and Stoke City.
Atkinson has been a FIFA-listed official since 2006 and is one of three Select Group referees who is an Elite FIFA referee. He has also refereed Champions League matches as well as at Euro 2012, where he teamed up with fellow Select Group referee Howard Webb.
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