Rebecca Welch is set to become the first woman referee to take charge of a men’s FA Cup third-round tie.
Welch will take charge of Birmingham City‘s home tie against Plymouth Argyle, which will be played at St Andrew’s on January 8, as the first woman to referee at that stage of the competition.
She became the first female referee to be appointed to an English Football League match earlier this year.
Welch has refereed men’s matches in the National League plus elite women’s games including the 2017 FA Cup final.
Rebecca Welch is set to make history as the first female referee to take charge of an @EmiratesFACup 3rd round match.
Rebecca will be in the middle for the tie between Birmingham City and Plymouth Argyle on Saturday 8th January 2022.
Congratulations, Rebecca! #Aspire2Ref
— PGMOL (@FA_PGMOL) December 29, 2021
In April, she took charge of Harrogate’s 2-0 Sky Bet League Two defeat at home to Port Vale and in the summer, she was appointed to the EFL’s National Group list for the men’s professional game.
The official, who hails from Tyne and Wear, has also overseen games in the Women’s Super League and the 2020 women’s Community Shield.