Michael Oliver (referee)
Oliver in a match at Vienna in 2014
|Full name||Michael Oliver|
20 February 1985 |
Ashington, Northumberland, England
|2007–present||The Football League||Referee|
Michael Oliver (born 20 February 1985) is an English professional football referee who has officiated primarily in the Premier League since being promoted to the Select Group of Referees in 2010. That year he became the youngest referee to take charge of a Premier League game. Oliver is based in Cramlington, Northumberland, and is a member of the Northumberland Football Association.
Born in Ashington, Northumberland, Oliver was introduced to refereeing by his father, Clive, at the age of 14. He quickly progressed through the ranks and was promoted to the National List of Referees in 2007; he refereed the 2007 Conference National play-off final, becoming the youngest football referee to officiate at Wembley Stadium. In addition he had already become the youngest Football League assistant referee, youngest Football League referee, and would also become the youngest fourth official in the Premier League.
Oliver was set to become the youngest referee in the Premier League when he was appointed to a match between Fulham and Portsmouth in January 2010. However, adverse weather resulted in him having to postpone the match, and an ankle operation later sidelined him until April. He was promoted to the Select Group in August 2010, his first appointment being Birmingham City versus Blackburn Rovers. Oliver was 25 years and 182 days old, breaking Stuart Attwell's record as the youngest-ever Premier League referee.
Oliver was appointed fourth official for the 2013 League Cup final at Wembley Stadium. He refereed the FA Cup semi-final between Wigan Athletic and Millwall in April 2013 and in doing so became the youngest referee to take charge of an FA Cup semi-final. Wigan went on to win the FA Cup and played Manchester United in the subsequent FA Community Shield match for which Oliver was fourth official.
|Season||Games||Total||per game||Total||per game|
- As of 2014–15 season. Statistics are for all competitions. No records are available prior to 2006-07.
|2016–17 UEFA Champions League|
|27/09/16||Sporting CP – Legia Warsaw||Group stage|
|18/10/16||Dinamo Zagreb – Sevilla||Group stage|
- "Ashington Ref Michael Oliver Set To Take On Premier League Duties". JournalLive. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
- Refworld profile
- Michael Oliver set to be youngest referee in Premier League history Mail Online
- Michael Oliver set to make history guardian.co.uk
- "Michael Oliver to referee FA Community Shield". thefa.com. The Football Association. 1 July 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014.