Mark Clattenburg is to quit his job as a Premier League referee to take up a position in Saudi Arabia.
Clattenburg is widely considered to be one of the best referees in football, and he took charge of the Euro 2016 final, the Champions League final and the FA Cup final last season.
In December, Clattenburg said he would consider officiating in China.
He is expected to leave his role before the next round of Premier League fixtures which starts on 25 February.
The referee body, Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) said he had been “a great asset” and “an inspiration to those who want to get into refereeing”.
Its statement added: “We understand this is an exciting opportunity for Mark, and it further underlines the high esteem for English match officials throughout the world game.”
Clattenburg, 41, admitted in December that a move to Saudi Arabia appealed to him, and also that he would consider officiating in the Chinese Super League.
“China are certainly looking to develop their football, looking at their signings and their recruitment,” he said. “If an opportunity came along – I am contracted to the Premier League – but I have to look at my long-term strategy of my career.