Karl Buckley, Lisa Benn and Magda Golba , Referee Manchester United Women v Bristol City Women FA WSL football match, Leigh Sports Village, Leigh, UK - 20 Dec 2020 Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA

FAWSL and FAWC officials to transfer to PGMOL from next season

The top referees in the women’s game will transfer to the Professional Game Match Officials (PGMOL) from next season, The Football Association have announced.

Those match officials operating from within the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship will transfer in a move which will see them share the same facilities, training and support that those match officials in the men’s game receive in both the Premier League and English Football League (EFL).

The move should help with the long-term development of officiating in the women’s game, providing the top two tiers with match officials operating to a higher professional standard.

FAWSL Full-Time learnt of the news via an official press release from The Football Association earlier this morning.

A number of high profile figures in the women’s game have criticised the decisions of some match officials throughout this season and have called for an improvement and today’s news is a real positive step going forward. The Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship should reap the rewards of a higher standard of officiating in the long run.

Speaking about the news, Kelly Simmons, FA Director of the Women’s Professional Game, said “This is a major step for our match officials in their development and I’m confident that PGMOL have the right infrastructure to provide them with the necessary support to ensure they continue to develop, and deliver at the highest standard within the professional game.

“The Women’s game has moved on significantly over the last few years and we must ensure that our referees are provided the right environment to move with it. We have a highly dedicated and passionate pool of officials, and the time is now right that their development opportunities align with that of the men’s professional game.”

It has been reported that the FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship Board have agreed a three-year investment programme with the PGMOL to enhance the support and development of officiating in the professional women’s game.

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