The World Cup is not only a career pinnacle for the players.
It takes a certain type of character to excel as a referee. You have to command the respect of managers, players and fans, be confident in your ability and unwavering in your decision making.
Week-in-week-out refs around the world have their performances dissected, and that scrutiny will only increase come the World Cup. So spare a thought for the 30
men, from 28 countries, who will be officiating at this year’s tournament.
The countries to provide two representatives are Mexico and New Zealand, while England will be supplying just the one, Howard Webb.
The 38-year-old former police officer will oversee the highest profile game in England at the weekend, The FA Cup Final, and has been a FIFA registered referee since 2005.Sign up to official SMS alerts to keep up to date with all England news. Visit our official mobile section here.