Jobs for the girls | Women in football
Article in images

Sian Massey - referee


Sian Massey © Sipa - Sian Massey - referee
Sian Massey © Sipa
Women can become professional referees and work in any of the football leagues. Referees can be professional full-time employees or combine their career with another full time occupation.

Sian Massey is a professional English football and women's football referee.

She generally works in the Football League (which includes the Championship, League 1 and League 2 games) but has also worked in the Premier League, cup games and even international women's games.

Massey joined the Professional Game Match Officials Board (PGMOB) in March 2010. Only those who've worked their way up through the levels refereeing can hope to obtain such status as it's the PGMOB which supply refs and officials to all the Premier League matches.

Sian Massey is best known as the female football official who got caught up in the Sky Sports sexism row that saw commentators Andy Grey and Richard Keys sacked for sexist comments regarding Massey's position as assistant referee.

Amy Fearn, is another Football League referee and assistant referee but she also has a fulltime career in accountacy, much like Wendy Toms who, in 1994, became the first woman to assistant referee a men's Football League game. She was also a parcel post manager.

Get in to... refereeing

Having a passion for football is a basic requirement as is a knowledge of the rules of the game.

To become an official referee you should contact your local County FA about training courses. The FA are currently looking to recruit 80,000 more qualified referees by the end of the year so it's a good time to sign up. 

For more details on how to become a referee, check out the FA's referee training course and info page


Women in Focus Editor
Reader ranking:2/5 
Rank this page: 

Don't miss...
Celebrity Men Wearing GlassesHoroscope 2015: what’s in store for you in 2015?
Next Week's Eastenders SpoilersThis Week's Eastenders Spoilers
Latest… 25/07/2017
Women in Focus News
Ginger Sperm Donors In High Demand As The Want For Redhead Babies Rises
Turns Out Skipping Your Lunch Break Is Adding Some Serious Time Onto Your Working Year
This Woman Cut Her Husband's Balls Off Because She Refused To Have Morning Sex
Good News Gals! Someone Has Finally Created A Beer For Women
All Women in Focus news
Changing your name | How to change your name
Work for yourself - get your small business online
How to deal with redundancy
Registering and voting: everything you need to know
See all Women in Focus guides
The Shocking Moment An Airbnb Host Pushes His Guest Down The Stairs
See all Women in Focus videos

Don't miss out!

...Join our newsletter
Get the sofeminine latest straight to your inbox
Find us on...