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Concacaf Commemorates Refereeing Excellence at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019
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On the occasion of the first anniversary of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, Concacaf celebrates the 13 selected World Cup Referees in a video where the women dive into their experience in France. 

Many aspects of the game have evolved since 2015 when our region last hosted a FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.  Canada’s own FIFA Referee, Carol Anne Chénard who officiated in the 2015 championship, provides her perspective on the changes that have evolved over the past four years.

“As the women’s game continues to evolve, teams become more competitive, and countries and leagues invest in professional women’s teams, it’s really important that the referees develop with the players,”  said Chénard.

Due to the excellent performances of Concacaf referees on the world stage, opportunities for match officials will continue to grow. Hence, it is important that the Confederation and its Member Associations continue to take a leadership role in women’s football and refereeing through progressive initiatives. As part of its commitment to women’s football, Concacaf has established a ground-breaking program focused on developing Women Referees and Assistant Referees.

Concacaf’s Director of Refereeing, Brian Hall, is proud of the Confederation’s women referees and the efforts the Confederation has placed on being a leader for women in football.

“All of Concacaf has made women’s football a priority. In particular, I am proud of the work and passion our women referees and instructors have exhibited in order to establish Concacaf as leaders both on and off the field of play. Our team has set the tone for future generations to excel to even greater heights,” said Hall.

During the eighth edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, the 13 representatives of the Concacaf Referee team proved why their work in the four years leading up to the event was groundbreaking. In the quarterfinals, Concacaf officials led the teams onto the field for two games. Honduran referee Melissa Borjas officiated Japan vs. the Netherlands while an all Mexican crew consisting of Lucila Venegas, Mayte Chavez, and Enedina Caudillo directed the match England vs. Norway in the coastal city of Le Havre. The success of the Concacaf team would not stop there. Canadian referee Marie-Soleil Beaudoin teamed up with Jamaican assistant referees, Princess Brown and Stephanie-Dale Yee Sing to take charge of the extra-time semifinal between Sweden and the Netherlands in Lyon.

 
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