Rebecca Welch to become first woman to referee Premier League match

LONDON — The English Premier League Football Association announced that the 40-year-old Welch will take charge of the Fulham v Burnley match on 23rd December.

Welch started out as a referee in 2010 while working in an administrative capacity in the National Health Service before going into officiating on a full-time basis.

Welch has already worked as the 4th official in the Premier League, for the match between Fulham and Manchester United on 4th November.

She was the first woman to referee matches in the second-tier Championship and FA Cup.

She made history in April 2021 when she became the first woman to be appointed to referee an EFL match, taking charge of the League Two fixture between Harrogate and Port Vale.