Sarah Thomas will be first woman to officiate Super Bowl

  • Sarah Thomas will be first woman to officiate Super Bowl

Sarah Thomas will be first woman to officiate Super Bowl

On Tuesday, the National Football League announced the crew for next month's Super Bowl, with referee Carl Cheffers set to head things up.

Among Cheffers' crew is down judge Sarah Thomas, who will become the first woman to ever officiate in a Super Bowl.

"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. She also broke the playoff barrier in 2015, when she became the first female to officiate a postseason game.

The NFL makes Super Bowl assignments after grading officials on their regular season performance.

Thomas is part of the eight-person officiating crew, which has seven on-field officials and a replay official.

"Their body of work over the course of a 17-game season has earned them the honor of officiating the biggest game on the world's biggest stage", Vincent said. The league assembles its Super Bowl officiating crew based on eligibility - a minimum of five years of experience is required - as well as in-season performance.

New England Patriots fans may recall Cheffers from the last time he reffed a Super Bowl - he was the man on the mic in Super Bowl LI against the Atlanta Falcons at the end of the 2016 season. Tampa Bay will play at Green Bay while defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City will host Buffalo. "They are the best of the best".