Michael Oliver
Michael Oliver has been appointed to the 2016 Capital One Cup Final

Michael Oliver has been appointed to referee the 2016 Capital One Cup Final, which will be contested by Liverpool and Manchester City later this month.

Oliver has been one of the top-performing referees this season and has rightly earned his place to lead the two clubs out at Wembley in what will be his first major final as the man in the middle, although he was the fourth official in the Final three years ago.

The official, who turns 31 eight days prior to the showpiece event, will head up a team consisting of assistant referees Simon Bennett and Adrian Holmes, fourth official Bobby Madley, and reserve assistant referee Eddie Smart.

As well as that aforementioned Final in 2013, Oliver has picked up plenty of Wembley experience over recent years, taking charge of FA Cup Semi-Finals, Play-Off Finals, the Community Shield and the FA Trophy Final.

A member of the Northumberland Football Assocation, Oliver became the youngest Premier League referee in history when taking charge of Birmingham City versus Blackburn Rovers at the age of 25, and has since progressed to the FIFA list of officials and become one of the best referees this country has to offer.

Capital One Cup Final
Sunday 28th February 2016
Liverpool v Manchester City

Referee: Michael Oliver
Assistant Referees: Simon Bennett and Adrian Holmes
Fourth Official: Bobby Madley
Reserve Assistant Referee: Eddie Smart