History Maker! Rebecca Welch Set To Become First Woman To Officiate A Premier League Match

Written By Albert Echatah

When Rebecca Welch officiates Fulham vs. Burnley on December 23, she will become the first female referee in the Premier League.

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Welch has already left her mark in the men’s game: in April 2021, she became the first woman assigned to officiate an EFL game, and in January 2022, she became the first woman to oversee an FA Cup match for men.

The 40-year-old will now oversee the pre-Christmas match at Craven Cottage as the Premier League makes history. He was the fourth official during Manchester United’s victory over Fulham in November.

Having participated in the Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand during the summer, she has also officiated a lot of games in the Women’s Super League and Women’s Champions League.

In order to balance her new profession with her work with the NHS, Welch worked as a referee until she decided to become a permanent referee in 2010.

When Sam Allison officiates the Boxing Day match between Sheffield United and Luton, he will become the first black referee to officiate in the English top division since Uriah Rennie 15 years ago. Allison, a former firefighter, advanced to the Football League in 2020 then, at the beginning of the 2023–2024 season, to the Championship.

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