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Jonathan Moss (referee)

Jonathan Moss (born 18 October 1970) is an English professional football referee who officiates primarily in the Premier League having been promoted to the Select Group of Referees in 2011.

Jonathan Moss
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Moss in 2014
Full name Jonathan Moss
Born (1970-10-18) 18 October 1970 (age 49)
Sunderland, County Durham, England
Other occupation Headteacher[citation needed]
Years League Role
1999–2005 Northern Counties East/Northern Premier League Referee
2003–2005 The Football League Assistant referee
2005– The Football League Referee
2011– Premier League Referee

He was born in Sunderland but is now based in Horsforth, West Yorkshire. He is a member of the West Riding County Football Association.


Born in Sunderland, Moss grew up as a keen footballer and won a football scholarship at Central Connecticut State University in the United States but completed his studies with a degree in teaching and physical education at the University of Leeds.[1] He played junior football at academy level, firstly for his hometown club Sunderland and then for Millwall, but stopped as travelling to the London club interfered with his studies.

Moss began taking refereeing courses as part of his A-level physical education studies. Although he qualified as a referee in 1988 he did not fully focus on his refereeing until he stopped playing football in 1999.[2] Moss was employed by the Westbrook Lane Primary School in Leeds as a physical education teacher, where he taught future Premier League midfielder James Milner; Milner was later shown a red card by Moss in a Premier League match in 2019.[3]

After progressing through the Northern Counties East League and Northern Premier League, Moss was promoted to the National Group of assistant referees in 2003. He was appointed to referee the 2005 Conference play-off final between Carlisle United and Stevenage Borough. He was then promoted to the National Group of Referees who officiate in the Football League; his first game was between Shrewsbury and Rochdale.[4]

Moss became a regular official in the Football League and was appointed to a Premier League contest in December 2010 between Wigan Athletic and Aston Villa, however it was postponed due to heavy snow. He was later appointed to Birmingham City's visit to Blackpool in January 2011.[5] Moss had been promoted to the list of Select Group Referees, who officiate all Premier League matches, for the 2011–12 season alongside fellow newly promoted referee Neil Swarbrick. He was the referee for the 2015 FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Aston Villa.[6]

On 17 April 2016, following a 2-2 draw between Leicester City and West Ham United,[7] Moss' refereeing decisions during the match were heavily scrutinized, with Alan Shearer noting the "inconsistencies were mind-boggling".[8] On 4 February 2018, Moss drew criticism for his refereeing decisions in a Premier League match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, which ended in a 2-2 draw.[9] Moss was seen on camera asking fourth official Martin Atkinson if there was "anything from TV", even though VAR was not in operation, before he decided to award Tottenham a penalty. During stoppage time, Moss consulted with assistant referee Eddie Smart to clarify if Harry Kane had been offside before awarding Tottenham another penalty. The Professional Game Match Officials Limited admitted that Moss was "misguided" to ask the fourth official for help using television when awarding Tottenham's first penalty, but defended his decisions.[10]


Season Games Total     per game Total     per game
2005–06 31 108 3.48 8 0.26
2006–07 40 99 2.48 9 0.23
2007–08 38 106 2.79 7 0.18
2008–09 39 106 2.72 7 0.18
2009–10 37 121 3.27 8 0.22
2010–11 42 87 2.07 10 0.24
2011–12 32 112 3.50 11 0.34
2012–13 31 86 2.77 1 0.03
2013–14 35 105 3.00 4 0.11
2014–15 37 142 3.83 9 0.24

Statistics are for all competitions. No records are available prior to 2005–06.[11]


  1. ^ "Men in Black – Jon Moss". The Football League. Archived from the original on 29 September 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Man in Black". BBC. Retrieved 23 January 2011.
  3. ^ Sanghera, Mandeep (21 January 2019). "James Milner: Liverpool player sent off by his former PE teacher Jon Moss". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Jon Moss". (registration required)
  5. ^ "Blackpool 1–2 Birmingham City". Digital Sports Group. Retrieved 23 January 2011.
  6. ^ Callow, James (21 April 2015). "Jon Moss will referee the 2015 FA Cup Final at Wembley". The FA. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
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  11. ^ "Jonathan Moss". Retrieved 31 May 2015.

External links

  • Refworld Profile [1]