PrecisionRef are delighted to announce former FIFA Assistant Referee Philip Sharp as their Brand Ambassador.
Phill is widely recognized as England’s most experienced Assistant Referee and he is one of only 10 match officials from the UK to have officiated in a FIFA World Cup Final
Phil commenced refereeing on the Hertfordshire County League before gaining promotion onto the Southern Football League middle from where he was promoted to Panel Referee for two seasons before being promoted as an Assistant Referee to the Football League and, finally, the Premier League. He was selected to run the line at the 1999 FA Cup Final.
In 1997 Phil was promoted to the FIFA list of match officials. His progression, internationally, was exceptional being appointed to hold the flag in the opening game of his first senior tournament, the 2000 European Championship in Belgium & Holland and the semi-final of that tournament.
In the 2002 FIFA World Cup Phil was appointed to five games in total, including the Final between Germany and Brazil where he lined to Italy’s Pierluigi Collina
Phil was selected to represent Great Britain at the 2004 Olympic Games and he “ran the line” in the Gold Medal game Paraguay v Argentina. Phil also represented England at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.
Phil still works actively in the game as a Referee Tutor and Assistant Referee Coach for UEFA. This summer Phil will be attending yet another major tournament as AR Coach at the Euro Championships in France.
Precision Brand Director David Sanderson commented “We are delighted to welcome Phil to Precision. To have somebody with so much vast experience at the elite end that has not lost his connection to the grass roots game is a tremendous plus”