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What's new in 2020/21: Match officials

8 Sep 2020

Two new referees and a couple of new assistants will officiate this season after being promoted to Select Group 1

We look at the new things to keep an eye out for in the Premier League in 2020/21.

Match officials

There will be two new regular referees in charge of matches this season.

The Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) have promoted Darren England and Robert Jones to Select Group 1.

Premier League experience

England (pictured above left) has already appeared 69 times in the Premier League as an assistant referee between 2012 and 2015, as well as being a fourth official 14 times in the competition last season.

The top-flight clubs will be familiar with Jones (above right), too, after he was the fourth official at 15 PL fixtures in 2019/20.

Two new assistant referees will be stepping up to be regulars in the 2020/21 Premier League. James Mainwaring and Tim Wood have been promoted to Select Group 1.

New kits

As well as the teams wearing new kits for the new season, the match officials' attire, designed by Nike, will be different from 2019/20.

The traditional anthracite black kit remains, but there will be three other colour choices for the officials: volt, hyper-turquoise and vivid purple.

The sleeves will still feature the EA SPORTS badge as part of their partnership.

Also in this series

Part 2: Nike Flight ball
Part 3: Maiden fixtures
Part 4: Application of VAR
Part 5: Handball Laws
Part 6: Premier League Anthem

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