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List of famous referees, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top referees in the world? This includes the most prominent referees, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable referees is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic referees were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned referees.

List is made up of many different people, including Charles Robinson and Scott Armstrong.

From reputable, prominent, and well known referees to the lesser known referees of today, these are some of the best professionals in the referee field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous referees ever?" and "What are the names of famous referees?" then you're in the right place. (286 items)

Bibiana Steinhaus is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Referees
Bibiana Steinhaus Bibiana Steinhaus is a German football referee. She was the first female referee in German professional football. She became a professional referee in 1999 by officiating matches in the Women's ...more

Charles Robinson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Referees
Charles Robinson Charles Shane Robinson is an American professional wrestling referee currently signed to WWE.

Scott Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Referees
Scott Armstrong Joseph Scott James is a retired American professional wrestler and current referee and producer better known as Scott Armstrong. He is currently under contract to WWE. He is the oldest son of ...more

Ed Hochuli is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Referees
Ed Hochuli Edward G. Hochuli is an attorney for the firm of Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, P.L.C. since 1983, and has been an American football official in the National Football League since the 1990 NFL ...more

Mills Lane is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Referees
Mills Lane Mills Bee Lane III is a retired boxing referee, a former boxer, was a two-term Washoe County District Court Judge and television personality. He is best known for having officiated several major ...more

Graham Poll is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Referees
Graham Poll Graham Poll is an English former football referee in the Premier League and is considered the best English referee of the last 25 years in a list maintained by the International Federation of ...more

Ron MacLean is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Referees
Ron MacLean Ronald Joseph Corbett "Ron" MacLean is a Canadian sportscaster for the CBC who is best known as the host of Hockey Night in Canada from 1987 to 2014, and is also a hockey referee.

C. W. Alcock is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Referees
C. W. Alcock Charles William Alcock was an influential English sportsman and administrator. He was a major instigator in the development of both international football and cricket, as well as being the ...more

Bob Delaney is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Referees
Bob Delaney Bob Delaney is a former police officer and professional basketball referee in the National Basketball Association who officiated from the 1987-88 NBA season up until the 2010-11 NBA season. ...more

Walt Anderson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Referees
Walt Anderson Dr. Walt Anderson is an American football official in the National Football League since the 1996 NFL season. Anderson spent his first seven seasons in the NFL as a line judge before being ...more

Tony Corrente is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Referees
Tony Corrente Anthony Joseph "Tony" Corrente is an American football official in the National Football League since the 1995 NFL season. He wears uniform number 99. He was the referee of Super Bowl ...more

Pete Morelli is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Referees
Pete Morelli Peter Danie "Pete" Morelli is the president of Saint Mary's High School in Stockton, California and better known as an American football official in the National Football League since ...more

David Elleray is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Referees
David Elleray David Roland Elleray MBE, is an English former football referee who officiated in the Football League, Premier League and for FIFA. During his career as a prominent and respected referee in ...more

Bill Carollo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Referees
Bill Carollo William F. "Bill" Carollo is a retired American football official who officiated National Football League games from the 1989 through 2008. He wore uniform number 63. Carollo ...more

Craig Thomson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Referees
Craig Thomson Craig Alexander Thomson is a Scottish football referee, who has been a match official since 1988. He originates from Paisley, Renfrewshire.

Ahmet Çakar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Referees
Ahmet Çakar Ahmet Çakar is a famous Turkish sportscaster and a former football referee.

Jerome Boger is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Referees
Jerome Boger Jerome Leonard Boger is an American football official in the National Football League since the 2004 NFL season. He wears uniform number 23 since 2006; before that, he wore uniform number 109. ...more

Steve Javie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Referees
Steve Javie Steve Javie is a retired American professional basketball referee who refereed in the National Basketball Association from the 1986–87 NBA season to the 2010–11 season. As of the beginning of ...more

Dan Crawford is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Referees
Dan Crawford Dan Crawford is a professional basketball referee in the National Basketball Association since the 1984–85 NBA season. Beginning with the 2006-07 NBA season, Crawford has officiated in 1,425 ...more

Scott Green is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Referees
Scott Green Scott H. Green is a former American football official in the National Football League from the 1991 NFL season until the 2013 NFL season. He had officiated Super Bowls XXXVI in 2002, XXXVIII in ...more

John Thomas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Referees
John Thomas John Thomas was a Professional boxer, referee and actor.

Norm Schachter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Referees
Norm Schachter Dr. Norm Schachter was born in Brooklyn, New York was an American football official in the National Football League for 22 years from 1954 to 1975. Over his career in the NFL, he worked three ...more

Ken Mauer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Referees
Ken Mauer Ken Mauer Jr. is an official in the National Basketball Association since the 1986–87 NBA season. As of the beginning of the 2006–07 NBA season, Mauer has officiated in 1,167 regular season and ...more

Matt Messias is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Referees
Matt Messias Matthew David Messias is an English former football referee, who operated in the Football League, the Premier League, and also for UEFA and FIFA. He was first based in York during his time as an ...more

Earl Hebner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Referees
Earl Hebner Earl William Hebner is a professional wrestling referee currently signed to Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, and is the twin brother of Dave Hebner. He is perhaps the most famous professional ...more

Ken Aston is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Referees
Ken Aston Kenneth George "Ken" Aston, MBE was an English teacher, soldier, and football referee, who was responsible for many important developments in football refereeing - including the yellow

Jeff Crowe is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Referees
Jeff Crowe Jeffrey John Crowe is a former New Zealand cricketer. He is the son of Dave Crowe and elder brother of Martin Crowe. They are cousins of Oscar winning actor, Russell Crowe. Although the elder of ...more

Chris Broad is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Referees
Chris Broad Brian Christopher Broad, usually known as Chris Broad is a former English cricketer and broadcaster who currently serves as a cricket official. As an opening batsman, he played 26 Test matches ...more

Pierluigi Collina is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Referees
Pierluigi Collina Pierluigi Collina is an Italian former football referee. He was widely considered the best referee of his generation, having been named FIFA's "Best Referee of the Year" six ...more

Tim Donaghy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Referees
Tim Donaghy Tim Donaghy is a former professional basketball referee who worked in the National Basketball Association for 13 seasons, from 1994 to 2007. During his career in the NBA, Donaghy officiated in ...more

Mike Carey is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Referees
Mike Carey Michael "Mike" Carey is a retired American football official in the National Football League. His uniform number was 94. Prior to his officiating career, he played college football as ...more

Mark Clattenburg is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Referees
Mark Clattenburg Mark Clattenburg is an English professional football referee, who officiates primarily in the Premier League, and for FIFA. He was born in Consett, County Durham but is now based in Gosforth, ...more

Pieter Vink is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Referees
Pieter Vink Pieter Vink is a Dutch football referee, who also officiates for FIFA and UEFA. He was the first referee to take charge of a match at the "New Wembley Stadium" in 2007. His other ...more

Mike Riley is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Referees
Mike Riley Michael Riley is a former English football referee from Leeds in West Yorkshire, who has refereed matches in the Football League, FA Premier League and for FIFA.

Markus Merk is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Referees
Markus Merk Markus Merk is a former top-level German football referee. He is a six-time winner of the German Referee of the Year Award and the record holder in games refereed in the Bundesliga. In 2005, ...more

Andrew Jarrett is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Referees
Andrew Jarrett Andrew Jarrett, is a former professional tennis player from the United Kingdom. Jarrett enjoyed most of his tennis success while playing doubles. During his career he won 1 doubles title. He ...more

Matthew Breeze is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Referees
Matthew Breeze Matthew Christopher Breeze is an Australian association football referee. He is also a barrister and a former police prosecutor.

Ben Dreith is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Referees
Ben Dreith Ben Dreith is a former American professional football on-field official who worked from 1960 to 1969 in the American Football League and from 1970 to 1990 in the NFL. Prior to his teaching and ...more

Peter O'Leary is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Referees
Peter O'Leary Peter O'Leary is a New Zealand Association football referee, previously of Wellington but now residing and working in Whangarei. He operates in the Australian A-League and the New Zealand ...more

Keith Cooper is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Referees
Keith Cooper Keith Cooper is a Welsh former football referee in the English Football League and Premier League, and was also on the Welsh FIFA list. During his time on the List he was based in Pontypridd.

Walt Coleman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Referees
Walt Coleman Walt Coleman III is an American football official in the National Football League since the 1989 NFL season. He wears uniform number 65.

Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Referees
Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh is a Malaysian retired football referee who currently resides in Parit Buntar. He has been refereeing in the Super League Malaysia since 1995. He has been a full ...more

Uriah Rennie is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Referees
Uriah Rennie Uriah D. Rennie is a retired English football referee.

Anders Frisk is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Referees
Anders Frisk Anders Frisk is an insurance agent by trade and a former football referee. Frisk chose to go into early retirement from refereeing due to pressure from death threats made against him and his ...more

Mitch Halpern is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Referees
Mitch Halpern Mitchell Howard "Mitch" Halpern was an American boxing referee who officiated some of the sport's biggest matches. As a referee he was known for his decisiveness and integrity – for ...more

Terry McAulay is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Referees
Terry McAulay Terry McAulay is an American football official in the National Football League since the 1998 NFL season, and Coordinator of Football Officials for the American Athletic Conference since 2008, ...more

Bill Leavy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Referees
Bill Leavy Bill Leavy is an American football official in the National Football League since 1995, wearing uniform number 127, and is a retired San Jose, California police officer and firefighter, serving ...more

Lorenzo Clemons is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Referees
Lorenzo Clemons Lorenzo Clemons is an American actor.

Aaron Pointer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Referees
Aaron Pointer Aaron Elton Pointer is a retired American baseball player. He played in the major leagues for the Houston Colt .45's/Astros in 1963 and again in 1966–67. After his baseball career, he was a ...more

Randy Neumann is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Referees
Randy Neumann Randy Neumann, born and raised in Cliffside Park, New Jersey in 1948, is a former professional boxer who has been a referee for the New York State Athletic Commission since 1982. He has been the ...more