Philadelphia-based referee Kathryn Nesbitt will be part of a second straight senior FIFA World Cup final when she serves as an assistant referee in Sunday’s FIFA Women’s World Cup final between Spain and England.
Nesbitt was a Reserve Assistant Referee at the 2022 FIFA World Cup final between Argentina and France last December.
Sunday’s final in Sydney will feature four U.S. Soccer referees with Tori Penso, Brooke Mayo and Armando Villarreal also selected to officiate.
Penso will be the Referee, while Mayo and Nesbitt will serve as Assistant Referees and Villarreal as Assistant Video Assistant Referee (AVAR). Penso, Mayo and Nesbitt’s assignments are historic as they mark the first time that U.S. Soccer referees will lead the officiating crew in a senior FIFA World Cup Final.
The appointments also mark the second consecutive senior FIFA World Cup Final that U.S. Soccer referees will take part, with Nesbitt also serving as Reserve Assistant Referee, along with Ismael Elfath (Fourth Official) and Corey Parker (Video Assistant Referee) during the 2022 FIFA World Cup Final between Argentina and France last December.
Sunday’s final is at 6 a.m. eastern time and will be broadcast live on FOX and Telemundo.
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