You Are The Ref’s concerns about succession planning are highlighted by a study of Select Group 1 for next season.

More than 60% of Premier League referees will be over the age of 45, based on statistics produced by YATR’s Dean Mohareb.

It had been expected that three younger referees would be promoted from the new Select Group 2.

However, Chris Kavanagh is the only one of the three to make the step up, leaving Andy Madley and David Coote disappointed and PGMOL appearing to be short of new blood.

Here Mohareb presents his findings;-


  • Nearly two-thirds of the group (61.1%) are aged 45 or over
  • No referees are under 30
  • No referees in early 40s – aged 40-44
  • FIFA Referees are ageing workforce – Atkinson and Marriner are both 46 and over the normal 45 years retirement age
  • Of the referees under 35, only the new Select Group 1 referee Chris Kavanagh and former FIFA referee Stuart Attwell are not on FIFA

Only 6 of The FA’s 7 FIFA Referee allocations are taken with the resignation of Mark Clattenburg.

Age of refereesNumber of%Notes
under 3000
31-34422.2Stuart Attwell turns 35 in October
45-49950Lee Probert turns 45 in August so has been placed in this category.
50+211.1Graham Scott, Mike Dean and Mike Jones will turn 50 during the season.