It’s something that every referee at the professional level aims for yet they are all humbled and surprised when they get the phone call from The FA.
Michael Oliver has been appointed as the Referee for the 2018 FA Cup Final, something that every FIFA referee needs to have on their CV in order to progress to a potential Champions League Final and World Cup Final in the future!
Michael said in an interview “When you start out, taking charge of the Cup Final is not something you even think about. As your career progresses it becomes a realistic target but it’s not a call you ever expect to take. This opportunity only comes around once in a referee’s career. It’s funny how things work out because the 1994 Final between Manchester United and Chelsea is the first one I remember watching. And now here I am taking charge of those two teams in an FA Cup Final 24 years later.”
Ref Support UK would like to congratulate the full list of Match Officials appointed to the 2018 FA Cup Final;
Referee: OLIVER, Michael (Durham FA)
Assistant Referee 1: BETTS, Lee (Liverpool FA)
Assistant Referee 2: HUSSIN, Ian (Norfolk FA)
4th Official: MASON, Lee (Lancashire FA)
Res Assistant Referee: HATZIDAKIS, Constantine (Kent FA)
VAR: SWARBRICK, Neil (Lancashire FA)
AVAR: MCDONOUGH, Mick (Northumberland FA)