Robert Madley made his debut as a referee in the Premier League when he took charge of Southampton’s encounter with West Bromwich Albion in April 2013.
The West Yorkshire-based referee began officiating in 2002 and worked his way up to the Football League and professional cup competitions in the 2009/10 campaign, making his debut in the middle when Northampton Town took on Fleetwood Town in the FA Cup in November 2009.
Madley oversaw matches predominantly in League One and League Two in the following two campaigns, but his first task of refereeing a top-flight team came when Everton hosted non-league Tamworth for the FA Cup Third Round tie in Janaury 2012.
In the 2012/13 season, Madley was regularly the man in the middle for matches in the Championship, as well as a selection of lower league, League Cup and FA Cup ties, and he made his top-flight debut at St Mary’s Stadium.
Subsequently, he earned a spot in the Select Group of Premier League officials from the 2013/14 Premier League season.
Madley was in charge of the first and second leg of the 2014/15 FA Youth Cup Final between Chelsea and Manchester City.
The West Riding FA official was added to the FIFA international list in January 2016 and he finished the 2015/16 campaign by refereeing Hull City versus Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship Play-off Final at Wembley Stadium.