First female referee to be introduced in La liga

The Spanish Football Federation, La Liga, on Tuesday the 2nd of July, 2019 has confirmed that they will be getting its first female referee next season, after 12 years when Marisa Villa, a female referee listed in 2007, failed to pass the physical test required to officiate a match. 

Guadeloupe Porras Ayuso, a 32 years old assistant Refree will now become the first female ever to officiate in the Spanish League. She has worked in Segunda, the men’s second division, for two seasons and before that officiated for eight seasons in Segunda B, the third division in Spain.

“The assistant referee will be the first woman to debut in the top flight,” the RFEF said in a statement.

With this new development, it is expected that her elevation will give rose to gender equality in Spanish Football, following the year long unprecedented interest in the women’s participation in the game.


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