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Rebecca Welch to become first female referee in the Premier League

Rebecca Welch is set to make history as the first female referee to officiate in the Premier League in Fulham vs Manchester United match.

Rebecca Welch will make history on Saturday. She becomes the first woman to officiate in a Premier League match. She will serve as the fourth official in the Premier League game between Fulham and Manchester United at Craven Cottage.

Rebecca Welch’s career has seen significant growth. That includes her role as the first woman to officiate in a Championship match between Preston North End and Birmingham City. In 2023 World Cup, She officiated in three matches, including the round of 16 clash between Denmark and Australia.

Rebecca Welch’s refereeing career has been marked by notable achievements. She also officiated the women’s FA Cup final in 2017 and 2020. After that, she earned her a promotion to the top division of female referees by UEFA. In 2021, she made history as the first female referee in England to officiate a professional game.

In the Fulham vs. Manchester United clash, Rebecca Welch will not be the only female official in the match. Sian Massey-Ellis will also serve as the assistant VAR for the game on Saturday. If the match referee, John Brooks, were to pick up an injury during the game, Welch could potentially become the first female ever to referee a Premier League match.

The Fulham vs. Manchester United match is the first Premier League game of the day. It will kick off at 12:30 PM local time. It’s a significant moment in football history with the presence of Rebecca Welch as a female official.

Alex Lundy
Alex Lundy
A lifelong football fan, Alex loves to dabble in its history, especially FIFA World Cup. But his love for sports doesn't end at football since he loves watching NBA and Formula1 too. Reading novels and watching classic films takes the rest of his time.


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