We are absolutely delighted to share with you that Anthony Taylor has been selected to referee at EURO 2020.
Anthony will be just 1 of 18 referees from across Europe to referee at the tournament alongside fellow Englishman Michael Oliver.
Anthony will be assisted by Gary Beswick and Adam Nunn who are part of Anthony’s Refereeing Team for the tournament.
Anthony Taylor said, “Finding out that my team and I had been selected was a very proud moment. I was obviously delighted but also exceptionally proud of my whole team.
“The two assistants I work with Gary (Beswick) and Adam (Nunn) have been my regular team since 2017 and selection for this tournament has been a target for us over the past few years.
“With the additional element in Champions League/Europa League of VAR, Stuart Attwell has also been a regular part of the team in our quest to achieve selection.
“The success of being selected is very much a collective effort and the importance of having a good team dynamic and work ethic is central to everything we do.
“Throughout the pandemic we have continued to work hard in both our physical and psychological preparations due to the volume of matches we have been asked to officiate both here and abroad so being both physical and mentally robust is very important to us all as we enter this crucial final phase of the domestic season ahead of the tournament starting.
“The Premier league season does not finish until the 23rd May, less than 3 weeks before the tournament starts. We firstly have a fitness assessment and technical seminar with UEFA to attend in Switzerland where we will be given clear guidelines on how they want the matches officiating.
“Then once the domestic season is finished, we will travel to the referee base camp for the tournament which is scheduled to be in Istanbul. From this base the referee teams will be flown out to their relevant venues as required, although the VAR officials will be based at the UEFA match centre in Nyon.
“With games in Azerbaijan, Russia, Italy, England, Holland, Denmark, Romania, Hungary, Scotland, Spain and Germany, an additional dynamic is being added to tournament football so the sports science support is already considering how best it is for us all to manage the travel and recovery between games. Luckily we have experience as a team of attending the U17’s World Cup in India back in 2017 which involved some large distances between venues so I’m confident we can cope with these extra demands.
“In addition to all this a big focus for us will also be the tactical analysis of the teams and players. Whilst it’s beneficial for us to know how teams set up and the impact that has on play, it is also crucial for us to understand the individual players involved so we can effectively manage them during the match and ensure we maintain total control at all times.”
Referee Development Officer, Ed Duckworth said, “This is a fantastic achievement for Anthony and his team. When we found out that Anthony had been selected it really wasn’t a surprise. Anthony consistently performs at the highest level both domestically and in Europe.
“In Anthony we have a true role model, he strives for excellence in everything he does both on and off the field. He’s physically fit, he’s mentally resilient and he can reflect honestly on his performances.
“Anthony still finds time to support Altrincham District FA, Altrincham Referees Association as well as the Timperley & District Junior League. This level of humility just shows how important it is to remember your roots and to support those who have supported you on your journey as a referee.
“I will be watching Anthony’s matches at Euro 2020 with a keen interest and we wish Anthony, Gary and Adam the very best of luck for a successful tournament”.
More information on the Match Officials selected for EURO 2020 can be found on UEFA’s website below.