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Howard Webb MBE

Former Premier League Football Referee, Technical Director of PGMOL

Howard Webb is a former English football referee who operated in the Premier League and has been a FIFA-listed referee since 2005. He became a household name when he officiated as a referee during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, including the final, in South Africa. He has gone on to become one of the country's top respected referees in the domestic football premiership and with FIFA for international duties. Howard has retired from his distinguished referee career after being appointed Technical Director of Professional Game Match Officials Limited in 2014.

"One of the world's top football referees"

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In detail

In 2007 Howard was selected as England's representative to referee in UEFA Euro 2008. He has also officiated in the following competitions - European under 21 Championship, FA Cup Final, Carling Cup Final, FIFA under 21 World Cup, UEFA Euro 2008 and Superliga in North America. 2010 has been a high profile year for Howard - he was the referee at the Champions League Final and one of 14 European referees (and the only British representative) to officiate at the FIFA World Cup in South Africa. To pursue his referee aspirations, Howard is currently on a career break from his role as a police sergeant.

What he offers you

Howard is a fascinating motivational speaker as in choosing to be a referee, he is no stranger to controversy and in his presentation he provides a thought provoking insight into a world where making an impact is part of the game. He talks about how referees face intense scrutiny at all times and the pressures of having only seconds to weigh up facts and make the right decision, and the immense pressure of being under the spotlight of the media circus.

How he presents

Howard's ability to tell his story in a very grounded, simple and authentic way enables him to touch everyone in his audience.


He presents in English.

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  • Conflict Resolution
  • High Pressured Environment
  • Keeping Calm under Pressure
  • Leadership
  • Motivation
  • After Dinner

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