The most durable football referee is Csernyi Géza (b. 25 March 1932; Hungary), who has been an active referee for 57 years. He gained his refereeing qualification on 7 June 1950 and officiated his last match in Hungary, in February 2007.
Csernyi Géza was received a diploma for his 57 years service to Hugarian refereeing by the President of the Hungarian Football Federation at an awards ceremony in February 2007.
Comments below may relate to previous holders of this record.