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Michael Oliver

Referee Profile


Personal Details

  • Status
  • Joined
  • County FA
    Durham Football Association
  • Premier League Debut Match
    21 August 2010: Birmingham City v Blackburn Rovers

Referee Bio

At only 25 years of age, Michael Oliver became the youngest referee in Premier League history when he took charge of Birmingham City’s clash with Blackburn Rovers in August 2010, and he has remained a top-flight official ever since.

Oliver’s rapid rise up the Football League ladder culminated in him being added to the Select Group of referees for the 2010/11 season.

Prior to his time in the Premier League, Oliver was a Football League referee for three years after learning his trade through four years at non-league level.

In 2012, his quick progress was rewarded as he was elevated to the FIFA list of referees, making him eligible to take charge of fixtures in the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, as well as international matches.

Oliver, whose father Clive was a former Football League referee, was in charge of the 2014 Community Shield match between Manchester City and Arsenal at Wembley.

He was the man in the middle at Wembley again in 2016 when he officiated Man City's penalty shootout victory over Liverpool in the League Cup final.