Ahead of the start of the 2021/22 season, the Select Group 2 (SG2) and National Group Referees List has been confirmed to officiate across the Sky Bet EFL.
Tom Bramall and John Busby will be joining the Select Group 2 pool of referees for the upcoming campaign, whilst Simon Mather, Rebecca Welch, Andrew Kitchen and Tom Reeves have earned promotion to the National Group list.
Of the two new additions to SG2, who will be officiating across the Sky Bet Championship, Bramall has been a National Group Referee since 2018, taking the whistle across multiple competitions including the Sky Bet EFL and Papa John’s Trophy. He also took charge of Morecambe’s League Two Play-Off Semi-Final second leg against Tranmere Rovers last month.
Busby tallied 35 games as a referee during the 2020/21 campaign, including in the Carabao Cup and FA Cup, and also took charge at Wembley Stadium for the FA Vase Final between Binfield and Warrington Rylands in May.
National Group list officials oversee Sky Bet League One and Two fixtures. The quartet of Mather, Welch, Kitchen and Reeves will all bring considerable experience to the list, having previously taken charge of National League regular season and Play-Off fixtures.
Rebecca Welch’s promotion makes her the first female referee appointee to the National Group list for the men’s professional game.