Wolfgang Stark is a former professional football referee from Germany. He was born on November 20, 1969, in Landshut, Bavaria. Stark is considered one of Germany's top referees of his generation and has officiated at some of the highest levels of international football.
Stark began refereeing in the German Bundesliga in 1997. His consistently high-quality performances in Germany's top-flight league soon led to his appointment to the FIFA International Referees List in 1999.
During his career, Stark officiated in several high-profile international tournaments. He was selected for two UEFA European Championships in 2008 and 2012, and two FIFA World Cups in 2010 and 2014. His assignments at these tournaments included several critical knockout stage matches.
At the club level, Stark was regularly chosen to referee matches in the UEFA Champions League, including numerous quarter-final and semi-final ties. He also officiated the final of the 2007 FIFA Club World Cup.
Stark was known for his authoritative presence on the pitch and his thorough understanding of the laws of the game. He was respected by players and coaches for his fair and consistent approach to officiating.
Stark retired from international refereeing after the 2014 FIFA World Cup but continued to officiate in the Bundesliga until 2017, when he reached the mandatory retirement age. Following his retirement, he has continued to be involved in football, including as a referee observer for the German Football Association (DFB).