Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Huntington Beach linesman is World Cup-bound
By Scott French
Marlene Duffy of Huntington Beach is one of three American referees, all from California, chosen to officiate at this summer's Women's World Cup in Germany, FIFA has announced.
Duffy and Veronica Perez of Sacramento will serve as linesmen -- or “assistant referees,” as the job is called officially -- at the June 26-July 17 women's championship, subject to a final fitness test in Frankfurt about a week before the tournament opener.
Kari Seitz of San Mateo, the most experienced female official in U.S. Soccer, will referee matches in Germany. She also has officiated at the 1999, 2003 and 2007 Women's World Cups.
Duffy, Perez and Seitz worked the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and Duffy and Perez officiated at last year's FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Germany. Duffy was a linesman for the final, in which Germany beat Nigeria.
The three teamed to officiate last year's Women's Professional Soccer title game.