Howard Webb is a leading professional football referee. He officiated at many UK Premier League matches from 2003 to 2014 and as a FIFA international referee from 2005 to 2014.
Originally a police officer with South Yorkshire Police, Howard took sabbatical leave to concentrate on refereeing. He was appointed as a Football League Assistant Referee in 1996, and in 1998 he fulfilled the same function in the Premier League, also being promoted to the Football Conference as a full referee.
In 2000, Howard was included on the National List Of Football League Referees and three years later was promoted to the select group of Professional Referees who take charge of Premier League games. His first game within the top tier of English football was on 18 October 2003 when he took charge of a 0–0 draw between Fulham and Wolverhampton Wanderers. He was appointed to FIFA's International Referees' list in 2005.
Howard's impressive career has seen him referee a number of notable matches, including the FA Cup Final, the FA Community Shield and the final of the Football League Cup, as well as the finals of both the UEFA Champions League and FIFA World Cup, being the first person to referee both matches in the same year.
Howard nowadays entertains audiences with amusing yet inspirational anecdotes from his career as a professional footballer and referee. As such, he is a highly suitable choice as an After-dinner Speaker at Sports-related Events. To book him, contact Prime Performers via the online booking enquiry form or alternatively call us on 020 7251 8222 to discuss your requirements.
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