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Martin Atkinson (born 31 March 1971) is an Englishmarker football referee who officiates in the Premier League and for FIFAmarker. He was born in Bradford but is now based in Leedsmarker, Yorkshiremarker.


Atkinson started his career at the relatively early age of 16 years old. By 1998, he had been promoted to the Football League's list of assistant referees.

This was followed in the year 2000 by elevation to the 'select group' of assistant referees. By December 2002 he was refereeing Football Conference matches, and also refereed the 2003 FA County Youth Cup Final.

At the start of the 2003–04 season, Atkinson joined the national list of referees. He had the distinction of not having to dismiss any player from the field of play between August 2004 and October 2005.

Only two years after his Conference debut, he was appointed to referee his first Premier League game, taking charge of the Manchester City versus Birmingham City on 20 April 2005, cautioning only one player and awarding the home side a penalty kick in a 3–0 result.

On 13 August 2006 Atkinson took charge of the FA Community Shield match at the Millennium Stadiummarker, Cardiffmarker, where Liverpool beat Chelsea 2–1. In the same year he was appointed to the list of FIFAmarker referees.

On 21 August 2007 The Sun newspaper alleged that Atkinson had been withdrawn from the list of referees after failing the prescribed fitness tests. These tests are re-taken after one month.

However, despite this, he did officiate in the 1–0 Premier League win by Manchester United over Sunderland on 1 September 2007.

FA Trophy Final 2008

Martin Atkinson was appointed to referee the FA Trophy Final 2008, which was played at Wembleymarker on 10 May 2008, and was contested between Ebbsfleet Unitedmarker and Torquay United.


Martin Atkinson officiated the FIFA World Cup qualifier match between Germany and Finland in October 2009 which ended 1-1.

Career statistics

Season Games Total per game Total per game
2003–04 26 61 2.34 3 0.11
2004–05 38 87 2.28 3 0.07
2005–06 38 78 2.05 2 0.05
2006–07 42 128 3.04 6 0.14
2007–08 38 96 2.52 6 0.15
2008–09 39 129 3.30 11 0.28


  1. Profile: the Football League official website. Retrieved on 16 April 2008
  2. Football Conference referee, 2002: website. Retrieved on 16 April 2008
  3. FA Youth Cup Final 2003: website. Retrieved on 16 April 2008
  4. "Fulhamweb" Profile of Martin Atkinson. Retrieved on 16 April 2008.
  5. Man.City v. Birmingham Fixture Details: RateTheRef website. Retrieved on 16 April 2008.
  6. FA Community Shield 2006, Liverpool v. Chelsea: website. Retrieved on 16 April 2008
  7. Appointment as FIFA referee, 2006: website. Retrieved on 16 April 2008
  8. Failed fitness tests, report from August 2007: The Sun online. Retrieved on 16 April 2008
  9. Despite the tests, he refereed on: website. Retrieved on 16 April 2008
  10. FA Trophy Final 2008, Ebbsfleet v. Torquay, referee: website. Retrieved on 16 April 2008.
  11. FIFA World Cup qualifier, Germany v. Finland, referee: website. Retrieved on 27 November 2009.

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