Serie A's first woman referee to make debut this weekend

Maria Sole Ferrieri Caputi will become Serie A's first female referee as she would take charge of a game this weekend

The Associated Press September 28, 2022 23:09:13 IST
Serie A's first woman referee to make debut this weekend

Maria Sole Ferrieri Caputi in a file photo. Twitter/IFTV

Milan: Italy’s Serie A is set to have its first match officiated by a woman after the country’s referee association AIA confirmed on Wednesday that Maria Sole Ferrieri Caputi would take charge of a game this weekend.

In July, Ferrieri Caputi was promoted to the top rung of Italian football’s match officials and on Wednesday the football federation assigned her Sassuolo’s home clash with Salernitana on Sunday afternoon.

“This isn’t any old day, I’m pretty emotional,” said AIA president Alfredo Trentalange at a press conference in Rome.

“Maria Sole will make her Serie A debut on the basis of her merit… We don’t hand out privileges, Maria Sole has earned this, and it’s a success for the whole refereeing sector.”

Ferrieri Caputi refereed in the third-tier Serie C last season but she has already taken charge of a match featuring a Serie A side, when Cagliari played Cittadella in the Italian Cup in December.

The 31-year-old also officiated the latter team’s Serie B match with SPAL two months before.

Women referees are becoming increasingly common in the men’s game, with three selected for the upcoming men’s World Cup in Qatar.

Among that trio is Stephanie Frappart, the highest profile women’s referee who has taken charge of men’s matches in the Champions League, French Ligue 1 and World Cup qualifiers.

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