Referees are the Umpires of the beautiful game. They call the shots and their decision is final. Decision making in football isn’t as easy as it seems. One decisive mistake from the referee can cause a team the entire game. This, therefore, implies that referees employ a great degree in decisive precision and a clear sense of judgment. However, some referees fall short of these qualities compared to others.
Here is a list of the Top 10 Best Premiere League Referees and their FIFA Ratings starting from the buttom to the top.
10. Stuart Attwell
After a disastrous start to his Premier League career this season Stuart has made positive progress, finding his confidence and producing some good performances. 5/10.
9. Craig Pawson
If he is to improve then he needs to work hard on his on-field mobility. He is guilty of making too many big game errors because he fails to get the appropriate viewing angle. A sprint coach would benefit him. 5/10.
8. Robert Madley
Has demonstrated that he can manage big games. However, needs to change from a reactive referee to a proactive one. Needs to improve communication skills and become a more effective man manager. Issues cards like confetti. 6/10
7. Neil Swarbrick
Goes about his duties in a quiet and efficient manner, but needs to achieve a greater level of consistency. Improved in the second half of the season and will benefit with regular appointments to top games. 6/10
6. Andre Marriner
A seasoned pro who has made too many errors when it comes to big decisions. However, he has produced a better second half of the season. 6.5/10
5. Mike Dean
One of the select group’s oldest referees and usually a safe pair of hands. Mike was the only referee to consistently punish grappling in the penalty area. However, I do believe that this has not been one of his best seasons; he needs to work on his mobility. 7/10
4. Anthony Taylor
Needs to slow his decision-making process and give himself thinking time before either blowing his whistle or reaching for a card. He needs to receive the support and advice from an experienced coach to work on consistency. 7.5/10
3. Michael Oliver
Showed improvement in his on-field mobility, applying dynamic sprints to maintain good contact with the game. However, he needs to improve his accuracy: careless or reckless challenges require appropriate sanction. 7.5/10
2. Martin Atkinson
Martin improved his fitness levels and, with it, his on-field performances have benefited. This has been Martin’s best season: he has performed at a consistently high standard, setting an example to his younger colleagues. He is the new No 1. 8/10
1. Mark Clattenburg
Sadly this has turned out to be Mark’s last season in England and it is my belief that one of the factors in his decision to leave was how he was treated by Professional Game Match Officials Ltd. It failed to appoint him to top matches that would challenge him on a regular basis. 9/10.