Maria Sulley Ferrere Capote entered the history of Italian football from its widest doors, by being the first woman to officiate a match at Calcio.
The Italian Referees Association announced that Maria Ferreri Capote will become the first woman to officiate a Serie A match when Sassuolo hosts Salernitana on Sunday.
Ferreri Capote became the first woman to officiate a match in Italy’s top league last year in the Coppa Italia match between Cagliari and Citadella. She joined the Italian Serie A referees in July.
“It is a historic moment,” the association’s president, Alfredo Trentalangi, told a news conference.
Ferreri Capote joined the Referees Association in 2007, when she was in charge of matches in the provincial league, before she began officiating matches in the fourth division in 2015.
In 2019, she managed two matches in the European Women’s Football Championship qualifiers, and the following year she began to rise through the ranks of the Italian League.