The Football Association has confirmed that Mark Clattenburg will take charge of the 2013 Community Shield sponsored by McDonalds between Manchester United and Wigan Athletic at Wembley Stadium on 11 August.
It will be the fourth time that the Durham official has been in the middle at Wembley Stadium having first refereed the League Cup Final between Liverpool and Cardiff City in 2012.
Later that year Clattenburg was on Gold medal duty at the Olympics and the final between Brazil and Mexico having already taken charge of the Latin American side in their London 2012 Quarter-Final game against Senegal at Wembley earlier in the tournament.
“The atmosphere at Wembley Stadium for London 2012 was just fantastic,” recalled the 38-year-old who will take charge of the Community Shield in The FA’s 150th anniversary year.
“Football’s probably viewed as a minority sport at the Olympics but the crowd made both games really special. It was a different atmosphere in a way because most of the crowd appeared to be cheering both nations which was a little unusual but it made for a very memorable and enjoyable experience.”
Clattenburg is already looking forward to the start of the new season after a short holiday: “I was involved with the UEFA European Championship last season so this was my first proper break for quite some time but it will be good to be back next month.
“We have a year round training programme and I’m up to five days a week at the moment which includes running and weights.
Clattenburg believes that the Community Shield is a great way to bring in a new football year which will culminate with the World Cup in Brazil next summer.
“I’m hoping that the Community Shield will be a really good spectacle for everyone because it sets the standard for the season ahead.
“The players can get everyone excited about the year ahead and hopefully we can do our bit in getting referees across the game looking forward to another exciting football season.”
Clattenburg will be joined by Mike Mullarkey (Devon) & Scott Ledger (Sheffield & Hallamshire) who will be Assistant Referees on 11 August while Michael Oliver (Northumberland) will be the Fourth Offical.
Lee Betts (Norfolk) will be Reserve Assistant Referee.
David Elleray, Chairman of The FA’s Referees’ Committee, said: “To be appointed the referee for the 2013 FA Community Shield is great recognition for Mark’s outstanding talent and dedication.
“Taking charge of such a prestigious fixture to signal the start of a new season in The FA’s 150th year is a huge honour for any referee and Mark fully deserves it, having enjoyed a particularly fine last 12-months, including two appearances at Wembley during the Olympics.
“I wish him and his assistants well not just for the Wembley show-piece on August 11 but also the coming season.”