Howard Webb


Howard Webb, Former Referee


Howard Webb MBE is recognised as one of the all-time top football referees.

A professional football referee for 12 years, Howard refereed almost 300 matches in the English Premier League.

A FIFA international referee for 10 years, he was appointed to referee in 9 major tournaments, including the FIFA World Cups in 2010 and 2014.

Career highlights include overseeing many high profile finals such as the English FA Cup Final in 2009 and English League Cup Final in 2007.

In 2010 he achieved the unique honour of being appointed as referee for both the UEFA Champions League Final and FIFA World Cup Final and in doing so became the first referee in the history of the sport to take charge of both finals in the same year.

He retired from active refereeing in 2014 to take up the position of Technical Director of PGMOL which oversees refereeing matters in the professional game in England and also became a FIFA referee instructor.

Howard is currently working with broadcaster BT Sport on their Premier League, Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup coverage and with ITV on their coverage of the European Championships.

Additionally Howard is still actively working within the game, and currently consults for The Saudi Arabian Football Federation, strategically developing and working with their Referee’s.

Prior to becoming a professional referee, Webb was a sergeant in the South Yorkshire Police Force.

In the 2011 New Year Honours, Howard was awarded an MBE for Services to Football.

As a keynote speaker, Howard Webb delivers an inspirational and often entertaining insight into officiating on the world stage at some of the biggest football matches in history.

His speaking topics include:

Motivation Leadership Communication Decision Making Resilience High Performing Teams Managing Pressure


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