Sport

Rebecca Welch will become the FIRST female referee to officiate an FA Cup third round tie

Pinterest LinkedIn Tumblr


Rebecca Welch will become the FIRST female referee to officiate an FA Cup third round tie, with former NHS administrator given Birmingham vs Plymouth having taken charge of a League Two game this year

  • Rebecca Welch will make history in the third round of the FA Cup next month 
  • The 38-year-old will be the first female to officiate a game at this stage 
  • Welch also made history after taking charge of a League Two match this year 
  • The former NHS administrator will officiate Birmingham City vs Plymouth Argyle 


History will be made in this season’s FA Cup after it was announced that Rebecca Welch will become the first female referee to officiate a third round match.

Welch, 38, is a former NHS administrator who began her refereeing journey in 2010 and this year became the first woman to officiate a Football League match after taking charge of Harrogate Town vs Port Vale in League Two.

And now Welch will break more boundaries after the FA confirmed that the official from Washington, Tyne and Wear, will referee one of the 32 games on offer in the third round of the Cup next month. 

‘Rebecca Welch will become the first woman referee in a game at this stage of the competition as she takes charge of the tie between Birmingham City and Plymouth Argyle at St Andrews,’ the FA announced in a statement on Thursday. 

The 38-year-old has refereed Women’s Super League games and officiated the 2017 and 2020 Women’s FA Cup finals. She has refereed several National League games since 2018-19 and is on UEFA’s elite women’s list of officials. 

Welch’s first game in the men’s professional ranks went smoothly, with Port Vale running out 2-0 winners over Harrogate.

Only two players were booked across 90 minutes, including Connor Hall for dissent regarding a possible penalty.

Rebecca Welch has made history after being appointed to officiate an FA Cup third round tie

 Rebecca Welch has made history after being appointed to officiate an FA Cup third round tie

Despite losing the game, Harrogate boss Simon Weaver lauded Welch for her refereeing performance. ‘I think she was very good indeed,’ said Weaver. ‘Important calls were made throughout and they were the right calls. 

‘Hopefully it’s just par for the course that we see female referees and officials in the EFL. It’s about time.’ 

Earlier this year, Welch told The Telegraph that refereeing at professional level was never her intended outcome.  

Welch, 38, made history earlier this year after becoming the first female official to take charge of a League Two match

 Welch, 38, made history earlier this year after becoming the first female official to take charge of a League Two match

No female referee has ever officiated an FA Cup game at this stage of the competition before

 No female referee has ever officiated an FA Cup game at this stage of the competition before

‘It’s a bit surreal because I never wanted to be a ref, that was never the plan,’ she said. ‘If somebody had said “in 11 years’ time, you’ll be on the list for EFL referees”, I’d probably have just laughed at them.’  

‘It’s a role people look at and think “why would you want to be a referee?” but actually the rewards you get out of it, it’s completely changed me as a person, it’s completely changed my life, for the better. 

‘It’s kind of gone in a whirlwind. I’ve really enjoyed it.’ 

FA CUP THIRD ROUND DRAW IN FULL 

Boreham Wood vs AFC Wimbledon 

Yeovil Town vs Bournemouth

Stoke City vs Leyton Orient

Swansea City vs Southampton

Chelsea vs Chesterfield

Liverpool vs Shrewsbury Town

Cardiff vs Preston

Coventry vs Derby County

Burnley vs Huddersfield Town

West Brom vs Brighton

Kidderminster Harriers vs Reading

Leicester City vs Watford

Mansfield vs Middlesbrough  

Hartlepool vs Blackpool

Hull City vs Everton

Bristol City vs Fulham 

Tottenham vs Morecambe

Millwall vs Crystal Palace

Port Vale vs Brentford

Swindon Town vs Manchester City

Wigan vs Blackburn Rovers

Luton Town vs Harrogate Town

Birmingham vs Plymouth

Manchester United vs Aston Villa

Wolves vs Sheffield United

Newcastle vs Cambridge United

Barnsley vs Ipswich/Barrow

Peterborough vs Bristol Rovers

West Ham vs Leeds

QPR vs Rotherham

Charlton vs Norwich

Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal

Ties to be played January 7-10 

 

Advertisement

Write A Comment