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List of Famous Referees

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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. {#nodes}
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  • 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 Shane Robinson (born July 2, 1964) is an American professional wrestling referee and former professional wrestler currently signed to WWE on the SmackDown brand....  more
  • Joseph Scott James Jr. (born May 4, 1959) is an American wrestling producer, referee and retired professional wrestler better known as Scott Armstrong. He is currently under contract to WWE. He is...  more
  • Edward G. Hochuli (; born December 25, 1950) is an American attorney and retired American football official. He has served as an attorney at Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, P.L.C. since 1983, and was an...  more
  • Mills Bee Lane III (born November 12, 1937) is an American former boxing referee and professional boxer, a two-term Washoe County, Nevada District Court Judge, and television personality. He is best...  more
  • Graham Poll (born 29 July 1963) 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...  more
  • Ronald Joseph Corbett MacLean (born April 12, 1960) is a Canadian sportscaster for the CBC and Rogers Media who is best known as the host of Hockey Night in Canada from 1986 to 2014 and 2016 to...  more
  • Charles William Alcock (2 December 1842 – 26 February 1907) was an English sportsman and administrator. He was a major instigator in the development of both international football and cricket, as...  more
  • Robert J. Delaney (born November 1, 1951) is a former undercover New Jersey state trooper and professional basketball referee in the National Basketball Association (NBA) who officiated from the...  more
  • Walt Anderson (born c. 1952) is an American football official in the National Football League (NFL) since the 1996 NFL season. Anderson spent his first seven seasons in the NFL as a line judge...  more
  • Anthony Joseph Corrente (born November 12, 1951) is an American football official in the National Football League (NFL) since the 1995 NFL season. He wears uniform number 99. He was the referee of...  more
  • Peter Danie Morelli (born November 18, 1951) is a former American football official in the National Football League (NFL) since the 1997 NFL season and the president of Saint Mary's High School in...  more
  • David Roland Elleray, (born 3 September 1954 in Dover, Kent), is an English former football referee who officiated in the Football League, Premier League and for FIFA. As of May 2016 he held the...  more
  • William F. "Bill" Carollo (born November 27, 1951) is a retired American football official who officiated National Football League (NFL) games from 1989 through 2008. He wore uniform number 63. ...  more
  • Craig Alexander Thomson (born 20 June 1972) is a Scottish former football referee, who was a match official between 1988 and 2019. Thomson originates from Paisley, Renfrewshire....  more
  • Ahmet Çakar (born August 3, 1962) is a Turkish sportscaster and a former football referee....  more
  • Jerome Leonard Boger ( BOH-gər; born 1955) is an American football official in the National Football League (NFL) since the 2004 NFL season. He wears uniform number 23 since 2006; before that, he...  more
  • Steve Javie (born January 17, 1955) is an American retired professional basketball referee who refereed in the National Basketball Association (NBA) from the 1986–87 NBA season to the 2010–11 season....  more
  • Danny Crawford (born November 23, 1953) is a retired American professional basketball referee in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Crawford, made his 23rd straight NBA Finals appearance in...  more
  • Scott H. Green is a former American football official in the National Football League (NFL) from the 1991 NFL season until the 2013 NFL season. He had officiated Super Bowls XXXVI in 2002, XXXVIII...  more
  • John Thomas was a Professional boxer, referee and actor....  more
  • Dr. Norm Schachter (April 30, 1914 – October 5, 2004), born in Brooklyn, New York, was an American football official in the National Football League (NFL) for 22 years from 1954 to 1975. Over his...  more
  • Ken Mauer Jr. (born April 23, 1955 in St. Paul, Minnesota) is an official in the National Basketball Association (NBA) since the 1986–87 NBA season. As of the beginning of the 2017–18 NBA season,...  more
  • Matthew David Messias (born 7 May 1964) 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...  more
  • Earl William Hebner (born May 17, 1949) is an American professional wrestling referee who currently works in All Elite Wrestling (AEW). He is best known for his time as the senior referee for the...  more