Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) Managing Director Mike Riley has confirmed he will step down this season. Riley led the organization for 13 years, overseeing the development of match officials across Premier League, FA, EFL and National League competitions and most recently the Women’s Super League.
Mike Riley said: “I am proud of the contribution our match officials have made to the professional game and have enjoyed working with such a dedicated, professional and high quality group at all levels managed by PGMOL. As the elite referee development plan begins to take shape, now is the time to plan for the future and allow the new management team to build on the strong foundations we have in place. I look forward to working with the new team over the next season and supporting them before stepping down.
Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said: “On behalf of the Premier League, I would like to thank Mike for his valuable contribution and significant commitment to PGMOL over the past 13 years, as well as his tremendous service. playing as an elite referee for 20 years. During his time at PGMOL he worked hard to deliver and develop high quality match officials across the professional game and led the implementation of VAR in the Premier League three seasons ago.
FA chief executive Mark Bullingham said: “Mike Riley has played a crucial role in the development of refereeing over recent years, both as an elite referee and during his tenure at PGMOL On behalf of The FA, I would like to thank Mike for his dedication and commitment to refereeing and wish him all the best for the future.
EFL chief executive Trevor Birch said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mike, on behalf of the EFL, for the important role he has played in the development of refereeing in the professional game and wish him well for the future.During an unprecedented 13 years at the helm, he has overseen a number of significant developments to match refereeing; most notably in the EFL, the introduction of group 2 match officials and goal-line technology, as well as increased training and support for national roster officials.
PGMOL Chairman Mike Foster said: “Mike’s commitment to refereeing and the game in England has been immense, underpinned by his magnificent dedication and loyalty. Our match officials are recognized and appreciated around the world and this is a testament to Mike’s extensive leadership abilities. He will leave after creating a lasting legacy.
PGMOL will confirm in due course the appointment of a Director of Refereeing to oversee the continued development of match officials and a Director of Operations to manage the organization.