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Meet First Female Premier League Referee, Rebecca Welch

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Meet First Female Premier League Referee, Rebecca Welch

Rebecca Welch has made history as the first female referee of a Premier League game as she has been selected to officiate Fulham’s match against Burnley on December 23, 2023.

Welch became a referee in 2010, juggling the job with her work in the British National Health Service.

She officiated a Football League match between Harrogate and Port Vale in 2021, becoming the first woman to hold the position.

 

Meet First Female Premier League Referee, Rebecca Welch

 

In addition, Welch was the first female official to officiate games in the FA Cup’s third round and the Championship.

She made history last month when she became the first woman to act as fourth official in a Premier League game as part of the team for Fulham’s match against Manchester United.

Welch is also in charge of several high-profile women’s fixtures, including games at the 2023 Women’s World Cup.

Welch, a Washington native, became a referee career in 2010 while working in the National Health Service. She later quit the service to focus on her referee role on a full-time basis.

In 2021, she became the first woman to be appointed to referee an EFL match when she took charge of the League Two fixture between Harrogate Town and Port Vale.

During her career, she has also officiated high-profile matches in the Women’s Super League, while she was referee for both the 2017 and 2020 Women’s FA Cup finals at Wembley Stadium.

In December 2020 she was added to FIFA’s Elite List of International Match Officials, going on to take charge of matches at the 2022 UEFA Women’s European Championship and the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Welch, who hails from Washington in Tyne and Wear, was the first woman to referee matches in the Championship and FA Cup third round, and last month she became the first woman to act as fourth official in a Premier League match when she formed part of the officiating team for the fixture between Fulham and Manchester United.

In an interview with the Independent, Welch said, “I played football and didn’t even think about refereeing until one of my really good friends, who is a referee, refereed us.

“I spent the whole game telling her how to do her job! Her response was, ‘If you think it’s that easy, give it a go.’ That’s how it happened and 10 years later here I am.

BY IYABO AINA

Publisher Of News Rain Nigeria

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