Welch has made history this Monday in English football by being the first referee to lead a professional men’s match, the Harrogate-Port Vale, from League Two (fourth division).
Born in Washington (north) 37 years ago, she was appointed after her good performances throughout the season and her appointment was approved by the heads of the refereeing team, Mike Riley and Mike Jones. It is the first chosen for a professional meeting in the United Kingdom.
In 2010, Amy Fearn led the last twenty minutes of a second category match between Coventry and Nottingham Forest due to the injury to the starting referee.
Welch, who already had the opportunity to lead the Women’s English Cup final at Wembley in 2017, called this appointment “the greatest success” of her career, noting that when she decided to be a referee eleven years ago she could not imagine being the first referee. in achieving this achievement.
Rebecca Welch shows Tom Conlon (Port Vale) yellow
A worker for the National Health Service a few years ago – I expect to return when she finishes her refereeing career – she played soccer as a child and trained in refereeing at the Durham Association.
She began coaching at university matches and after reaching the Women’s Super League in December of last year was included in the UEFA women’s elite list.