MIAMI, Florida – As part of its commitment to the advancement of female referees, CONCACAF is proud to announce that history was made this past week by three female referees during the Round of the 16 of the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF League.
Refereeing pioneers Princess Brown (Jamaica), Karen Diaz (Mexico) and Felisha Mariscal (United States) served as assistant referees during the first round of the second edition of the SCL.
For the first time ever, two female referees helped officiate the second leg of a knockout round tie in CONCACAF, with Brown serving as the assistant referee in the second leg of the CD Universitario-Diriangen series and Diaz fulfilling the same role in the Portmore United-Santos de Guapiles tie.
Mariscal also was one of the assistant referees in the first leg of the Perez Zeledon-CD FAS tie played last week.
The use of female referees in the SCL is part of the initiative undertaken by CONCACAF Director of Refereeing Brian Hall to provide more opportunities to female referees in the region.
A total of seven female referees will be used across the 2018 SCL and 2019/20 CONCACAF Nations League Qualifying, which begins next month.
In addition to the three aforementioned referees, Chantal Boudreau (Canada), Jassett Kerr. (Jamaica), Yudilia Briones (Mexico) and Kathryn Nesbitt (USA) will have opportunities to work in either competition.