Petersen in 2013
28 February 1985|
Filderstadt, West Germany
|Other occupation||Real estate broker|
Petersen, referee of the club VfL Stuttgart, passed his refereeing test in 2000 and officiated in the Bezirksliga starting in 2001, where he also was active as an assistant referee. In 2002, he began to referee matches in the Landesliga Württemberg, becoming the youngest Landesliga referee of all time in Württemberg. From 2005 onwards, he took over officiating in the Verbandsliga Württemberg, before moving a year later to the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg. In 2008, he began officiating in the Regionalliga Süd, before he began officiating on the DFB level in 2009, starting in the 3. Liga. At the same time, Petersen was also active as an assistant in the 2. Bundesliga. In 2011, he began officiating in the 2. Bundesliga, and also became active as an assistant in Bundesliga.
On 10 August 2015, Petersen was hit in the head by a lighter in the 71st minute during the 2015–16 DFB-Pokal match between VfL Osnabrück and RB Leipzig. The match was stopped, with VfL Osnabrück leading 1–0, with the match abandoned shortly thereafter. On 11 August it was announced that Petersen suffered a slight concussion.
- "Investigation underway into suspended match in Osnabrück". dfb.de. German Football Association. 11 August 2015. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
- "Diagnose: Schiedsrichter Martin Petersen mit leichter Gehirnerschütterung" [Diagnosis: Referee Martin Petersen with slight concussion]. sport1.de. Sport1. 11 August 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
- "Schiedsrichter-Quartett steigt in die Bundesliga auf" [Referee quartet promoted to the Bundesliga]. DFB.de (in German). German Football Association. 19 May 2017. Retrieved 1 June 2017.