Keighley and Jones to officiate at U-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica

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Two New Zealand referees will officiate at August’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica.

Anna-Marie Keighley (39) and Sarah Jones (32) will be among the pool of referees and assistant referees for the tournament scheduled for August 10-28.

Keighley is one of 13 referees named while Jones joins the list of 26 assistant referees.

Keighley made her name as a referee at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada where she became the first to officiate five games in one tournament, including the semi-final between England and Japan.

Main photo: Keighley … consistently rated among the best referees in New Zealand. Photo: Phototek.

Jones also set a milestone when in 2016 she became the first New Zealand woman appointed to the men’s A-League assistant referee panel.

Referee Sarah Jones leads her assistants onto the pitch for a National Women’s League match. Photo: Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.

The officials

Here’s where the officials will come from for the tournament:

About the U-20 Women’s World Cup

New Zealand will play Germany, Colombia and Mexico in their group at August’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup tournament in Costa Rica.

The tournament will be New Zealand’s eighth appearance at U-20 level since first qualifying in 2006.

New Zealand’s best finish was in 2014 when the Junior Ferns reached the quarter-finals.

Click here for more about the Junior Ferns’ group at the U-20 World Cup >>>>

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