One of Football Victoria’s leading female referee has had the opportunity to join the A-League Referees Panel for the upcoming season.
In an announcement by Football Federation Australia (FFA), the addition of Kate Jacewicz to the panel will inspire fellow female referees to strive towards the highest level.
For the first time in a history-making change, a female will occupy one of the spots on the panel. Alongside Jacewicz, Ben Abraham will join her as first-timers.
Jacewicz’s promotion to the referees panel has come off the back of exceptional career achievements that have seen her become one of the leading officials not just from Victoria, but from the entire country.
She has been the Westfield W-League Referee of the Year a record eight times, refereed two matches at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup and was the fourth official for the third place play-off between England and Sweden.
With the landmark achievement by Jacewicz, it should pave the way for more female referees to make the step up.
It has been confirmed that she will contribute for another season as a referee for both the A-League and W-League competitions, demonstrating her importance at the FFA for the upcoming and future seasons.
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