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Female referee makes Oxon history

Female referee
More female referees are still badly needed in the game

A female will referee an Oxfordshire County Cup Final for the first time.

Nieshia Boal, 19, who came through the Oxford United Referee Academy system, will referee the Under-14 boy's final at Ardley United on Sunday at 1100 BST.

Referee development officer Nigel Saverton told BBC Oxford: "She's one of our most promising referees and has been refereeing for only three years."

As a direct result, the Oxfordshire FA have decided to run a female only referees course in July.

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