MIAMI – Mexico’s Lucila Venegas was named Tuesday as the 2017 CONCACAF Female Referee of the Year, becoming the first Mexican to earn the accolade in its three-history.
The 36-year-old was in the center for four matches during the 2017 Liga MX Femenil Apertura and was the fourth official in a pair of Ascenso MX men’s games.
In a season highlight, Venegas was in charge in the 2017 Liga MX Femenil Apertura final, first leg between host Pachuca and Guadalajara, which was played before 28,955 fans at the Estadio Hidalgo.
In an equally-weighted vote among Member Association women’s and men’s national team coaches/captains, media and fans, Canada’s Carol Anne Chenard (the 2016 honoree) and Marianela Araya Cruz of Costa Rica finished second and third, respectively.
CONCACAF Female Referee of the Year
List of Winners
2013: not awarded
2014: not awarded
2015: Kimberly Moreira (Costa Rica)
2016: Carol Anne Chenard (Canada)
2017: Lucila Venegas (Mexico)