Stuart Attwell was promoted to the Select Group of referees for the 2016/17 season following consistent refereeing displays since returning as a National List official in 2012.
The Nuneaton-born official worked his way up through non-league football before refereeing in the Football League for the first time on 11 August 2007 for the League 2 fixture between Hereford United and Rotherham United.
Throughout the 2007/08 season, Attwell officiated in League 2, League 1 and the Championship and was rewarded at the end of the season with the League 2 Play-Off Final between Stockport County and Rochdale, at Wembley Stadium.
After just one season in the Football League, Attwell was included in the Select Group of officials for 2008/09 and became the youngest referee in Premier League history at 25 as he took charge of Blackburn Rovers’ 1-1 draw with Hull City in August 2008. This record has since been broken by Northumberland FA official Michael Oliver.
Attwell was added to the FIFA international list of referees in 2009, taking charge of PSV Eindhoven v Hapoel Tel Aviv in the 2011/12 UEFA Europa League. He has been in charge of an UEFA Champions League qualifier and has also officiated international friendlies in Europe and Asia.
In February 2012, Attwell returned to Football League duty on the National List, including the 2012/13 League 1 Play-off Semi-final first leg match between Sheffield United and Yeovil Town.
Attwell took charge of five Premier League matches over the next two seasons and in March 2016 it was announced the Birmingham FA official was to return to the Select Group.