Rebecca Welch has made historical past as the primary female referee to be appointed to a recreation within the English Football League.
The 37-year-old has spent greater than a decade within the recreation and is the very best ranked lady referee in English soccer.
She mentioned it was not one thing she thought-about when she determined to enter the sport 11 years in the past “but hopefully in this season if I’m in a position to be promoted then I will, but it’s all done on merit”.
“And if it’s not me I have no doubt in the next 10 or 15 years we will see a female ref in the Premier League.”
The appointment marked a key second within the sport – with officers calling her a trailblazer and ladies’s golf equipment praising her for main the way in which to getting better female illustration.