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Maria Sole Ferrieri Caputi becomes Italy’s first female referee

Italy names its FIRST female referee as Maria Sole Ferrieri Caputi joins Serie A’s squad of officials for the upcoming 2022-23 football season

  • Maria Sole Ferrieri Caputi has become Italy’s first full-time female referee
  • The 31-year-old became the first woman to lead a race in Italy last year
  • She was chosen to join the Italian League on-duty team by a governing body

Italy’s Serie A has appointed its first female referee, Maria Sole Ferrieri Caputi, for the 2022-23 season.

Ferrieri Caputi, 31, last year became the first woman to referee a match involving a Serie A team – Cagliari’s Italian Cup clash with Cittadella.

She will now referee a top-level match for the first time next season after joining the league’s official team on Friday.

Maria Sole Ferrieri Caputi has been appointed as permanent referee for next season's Serie A

Maria Sole Ferrieri Caputi has been appointed as permanent referee for next season’s Serie A

The 31-year-old female referee becomes the first woman to lead a Serie A game

The 31-year-old female referee becomes the first woman to lead a Serie A game

“It is a very beautiful moment and a moment of great satisfaction and it is also sad to think that someone should be surprised at the presence of a woman,” said Alfredo Trentalange, president of the governing body of referees in Italy.

“It’s clear news that Maria Sole will become the first woman in the Serie A pool, and it’s a historic moment, but the promotion is a progression that comes out of merit and not privilege.”

Ferrieri joined the Referee Association in 2007 and worked in the provincial and regional competitions, before starting to lead Serie D matches in 2015.

Her next step came in 2019 when she oversaw two qualifiers for the Women’s European Championship and the following year began refereeing Serie C matches, plus one Serie B clash between Cittadella and SPAL, before Cagliari’s Coppa Italia encounter.

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