Female Football Officials
Football is looking more and more female. The women who broke barriers in the NFL-Jennifer King as the first black female coach in the NFL, Katie Sowers as the first woman to coach in the Super Bowl, Sarah Fuller as the first female to score in a Power 5 Conference game and of course Sarah Thomas as the first female to officiate an NFL game.
Making inroads on the field continue with the Women’s National Football Conference (WNFC) as the premier women’s football organization.
The NFL is committed to introducing football to women and are encouraging women to consider a career in officiating.
The NFL launched Women Officiating Now (WON) in 2013 encouraging and training women to become football officials. Although there are no educational requirements to become an NFL referee it is expected that they would have a bachelor’s degree. NFL referees must have at least 10 years of officiating experience officiating football games.