Vitality #WomensFACup: Officials appointed for final

Cup final referee, Rebeca Welch
Cup Final referee, Rebecca Welch. (Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA)

Rebecca Welch will take charge of the delayed 2019-20 Vitality Women’s FA Cup Final at Wembley on Sunday 1 November.

Durham FA’s Rebecca Welch, who is a Category 1 FIFA referee officiating in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League, men’s National League Premier and Premier League 2, previously officiated the Women’s FA Cup Final in 2017.

Sian Massey-Ellis (Birmingham FA) is one of the assistant referees, and she officiates in the English Premier League and FA WSL, having also recently officiated on the men’s UEFA Youth League final, the first female to do so.

Also carrying the flag will be Natalie Aspinall (Lancashire FA), who was promoted as an assistant referee to Select Group 2 in the men’s game, she’s now officiating in the EFL Championship as well as her international duties in the women’s game.

Cup Final Assistant Referee, Natalie Aspinall
Assistant referee Natalie Aspinall at the Women’s Community Shield. (Photo: Eddie Keogh for The FA)

Fourth official Abi Byrne (Suffolk FA) regularly officiates in the WSL and internationally, having refereed the Women’s FA Cup Final in 2018.

Newly nominated as a FIFA assistant referee, Emily Carney is the second Lancashire FA match official for the final and will act as reserve assistant referee. She ran the line in the inaugural 2020 Women’s Community Shield, alongside Natalie Aspinall.

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