CHICAGO (Jan. 19, 2012) – Kari Seitz, Margaret Domka and Marlene Duffy were selected to officiate the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying tournament being held from Jan. 20-29 in Vancouver, Canada.
Seitz and Duffy were selected to be officials at the tournament after a series of physical and technical tests at the CONCACAF Elite Referee Course. Domka was the only reserve official selected because of her strong showing in the same series of tests.
One of the most experienced female referees in the world, Seitz was appointed to the FIFA panel of Women Referees in 1999 and has officiated in four Women's World Cups, including the 2011 World Cup in Germany. The veteran referee has also officiated in two Olympics (2004, 2008).
In addition to the Olympic Qualifying tournament, Domka was also selected to officiate in the 2012 Algarve Cup. Duffy was appointed to the FIFA panel of Women Assistant Referees in 2008 and has officiated in both the 2011 Women’s World Cup and 2008 Olympic Games.
The U.S. Women’s National Team opens Group B play in the Qualifying Tournament on Jan. 20 against Dominican Republic and faces Guatemala on Jan. 22, followed by Mexico on Jan. 24. If the USA advances to the Semifinal, the team will meet either the winner or runner-up from Group A on Jan. 27. The winner of the Semifinal match will book a ticket to the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Tickets are still available for all games at ticketmaster.ca.