La Liga To Introduce First Female Referee In 2019-2020 Season

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Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has announced that La Liga will have a female referee assistant for the first time next season.

This is coming 12 years after female referee, Marisa Villa, who was named in La Liga’s list in 2007 did not pass the physical tests required to officiate a match.

Guadalupe Porras Ayuso, 31, has been refereeing for 16 seasons and will feature in Spain’s top flight in 2019-20 after working her way her up through the leagues and spending the last two campaigns in the Segunda Division.

“I’m very happy, on a cloud,” she said. “We all dream about being in Primera Division and after a lot of work, I have achieved it. I still can’t believe it.”

It is also speculated that her elevation will give the much needed boost to for gender equality in Spanish football, following the year long unprecedented interest in the women’s game.

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