What's new this season? Match officials

29 Jul 2018
Simon Hooper and David Coote

Four fresh faces, including two referees, will officiate in 2018/19 after being promoted to Select Group 1

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As the days count down to the first match of the season, premierleague.com looks at things new to the competition for 2018/19. 


The Premier League will have two new regular referees next season.

The Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) have promoted Simon Hooper and David Coote to Select Group 1 for 2018/19.

Hooper, above left, took charge of 42 matches across all competitions last season, including Newcastle United v Burnley in the Premier League.

The 36-year-old was also referee for the League One play-off semi-final between Charlton Athletic and Shrewsbury Town.

Coote, who is four days older than Hooper, refereed 36 matches across all competitions, which included Newcastle's Premier League home match against West Bromwich Albion.

He was also in the middle at Wembley Stadium for Tottenham Hotspur’s FA Cup win over AFC Wimbledon.

Assistant referees

There will also be two new assistant referees running line in the Premier League this season.

Neil Davies, from London FA, and Dan Robathan, from Norfolk FA, have been promoted to Select Group 1.

Last season Davies, 33, featured in 45 matches across all competitions including the Premier League match between Leicester City and Huddersfield Town on 1 January.

Robathan took part in 43 matches across all competitions last term, making two top-flight appearances.

The 30-year-old was a match official at Crystal Palace v Leicester on 28 April and West Ham United v Everton on 13 May.

Both also officiated the 2017/18 League One play-off final between Rotherham United and Shrewsbury Town.

Also in this series

Part 1: What's new this season? Nike Merlin ball
Part 2: What's new this season? The 59th stadium
Part 4: What's new this season? Earlier Deadline Day
Part 5: What's new this season? Maiden fixtures
Part 6: What's new this season? Nike referee kits
Part 7: What's new this season? New managers
Part 8: What's new this season? Disciplinary sanctions
Part 9: What's new this season? New nationalities

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