All-female team of refs to officiate Czech match

The Czech football federation says that a men’s professional

match in the Czech Republic will be refereed by an all-female team

of officials for the first time.

The federation says Dagmar Damkova was named to referee a second

division match between Dukla Prague and Zlin on Saturday when

Adriana Secova and Lucie Ratajova will be her assistant

referees.

Damkova is the top Czech female referee. In 2003, she became the

first woman to officiate a Czech league match.

She will also take charge of matches at the upcoming women’s

World Cup in Germany.

Ludek Macela, the head of the federation’s referees committee,

said in a statement Friday: ”We consider it a right

decision.”