Female match officials at U-17 WC, a first for FIFA

Female match officials at U-17 WC, a first for FIFA- InsideSport

For the first time ever, female officials will officiate in a men’s football match under the FIFA banner. The world governing body for football has named female match officials for the FIFA U-17 World Cup in India.

The FIFA Referees Committee has appointed 21 teams(referee + two line-persons) of match officials, representing all six confederations. However, the most astonishing part of the appointment is the inclusion of female referees. For the first time ever, the football governing body has selected female referees for a men’s tournament.

Apart from match referees, FIFA has also selected seven support referees. “We think it’s time for elite female referees to be involved in a FIFA men’s competition,” said Massimo Busacca, FIFA head of refereeing. “They worked together with male match officials last year and now we want to see them working together in a competition,” Busacca added.

For some of the selected match officials, the prestigious event will be another important step in their preparations for FIFA’s flagship competition, the 2018 Russia World Cup.

At the same time, this competition in India will give other ambitious FIFA referees the opportunity to show their quality while taking another step forward in their career.