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Queenslanders Kate Jacewicz and Renae Coghill will continue the state’s international legacy by refereeing the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Final in Jordan early Saturday morning.
FIFA appointed the pair following their standout performances in the Venezuela v Germany and Brazil v England group stage matches.
Jacewicz and Coghill both commenced their refereeing careers on the Gold Coast and also teamed up for the Westfield W-League 2016 Grand Final earlier this year.
Jacewicz’s appointment means she the first Australian to referee the Final of a FIFA tournament since fellow Queenslander Tammy Ogston controlled the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final in China.
Football Federation Australia Chief Executive David Gallop congratulated Jacewicz and Coghill on their appointment to the Final.
“This appointment (is) an outstanding achievement for Kate and Renae and is testament to their continued commitment to their refereeing and excellent performances in Jordan,” Gallop said.
“Kate and Renae should be very proud and we hope they enjoy the experience of refereeing the Final.”
The 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Final will be contested by Japan and Korea DPR.