J'cans Yee Sing, Brown first Caribbean refs to officiate in a FIFA World Cup final

Saturday, December 01, 2018

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JAMAICA did not qualify for the 2018 Under-17 FIFA Women's World Cup in Uruguay, but they will have a presence in today's final in Montevideo.

Jamaica's women assistant referees Stephanie-Dale Yee Sing and Princess Brown have been selected to officiate in the final between Mexico and Spain at Estadio Charrua.

Canada's Marie-Soleil Beaudoin will be the referee in the middle to make it three match officials from Concacaf. The fourth official is Maria Carvajal from Chile , while the reserve assistant referee is New Zealand's Sarah Jones.

The match is set to begin 7:00 pm (5:00 pm Jamaica time).

Yee Sing and Princess Brown will be the first Caribbean officials — male or female — to feature in a World Cup final.

Both women have been refereeing for approximately six years and have officiated in previous Under-17 and senior World Cup showpieces, but never in the grand final.

In a release on Thursday, the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) congratulated Yee Sing and Princess Brown.

A statement attributed to JFF President Michael Ricketts praised the history-making pair, while referencing Jamaica senior women's historic qualification to the 2019 World Cup.

“This is yet another historic moment for Jamaica... a testimony to years of extremely hard work, discipline, guidance by instructors, courage and dedication. What an excellent year for women in football! We wish them an excellent match as they represent the country and the region,” Ricketts said.

The JFF release added, it “is particularly proud because this achievement falls well within the strategic goals of the federation for the women's programme, which is to increase the quantity and quality of women in the sport as players, administrators, as coaches and match officials”.

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