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Sarah Thomas to become first woman to officiate a Super Bowl

Sarah Thomas will make history on February 7 by becoming the first female to officiate a Super Bowl game.

Thomas, a down judge, who has six years of experience within the game, has been named as part of the officiating crew for one of sports most viewed events.

“Sarah Thomas has made history again as the first female Super Bowl official,” said Troy Vincent Sr, the NFL’s executive vice resident of football operations.

“Her elite performance and commitment to excellence has earned her the right to officiate the Super Bowl. Congratulations to Sarah on this well-deserved honor.”

Thomas' officiating career has been filled with landmark achievements already, having become the first woman to officiate a major college football game and a college bowl game, before being the National Football League's (NFL) first female official upon being hired in 2015.

The two teams to be competing in the Super Bowl will be confirmed after this Sunday's Conference Championship. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will face the Green Bay Packers in the NFC and the current champion Kansas City Chiefs will host the Buffalo Bills in the AFC.

Author: Jake Wilkin