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Kari Seitz

Seitz, Duffy and Perez Selected to Officiate at 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup

CHICAGO (April 18, 2011) – Kari Seitz, Marlene Duffy and Veronica Perez have been selected to officiate at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany, making the United States one of only five countries to have three representatives on FIFA’s list of 51 officials. Seitz will be refereeing matches at her fourth FIFA Women’s World Cup, while Duffy and Perez, both assistant referees, have been assigned to their first.

"To represent our country at the World Cup is the highest honor possible for a referee," said Seitz. "We have worked very hard to get to Germany and we couldn't be more proud to have the opportunity to represent all of the referees here in the USA."

The 40-year-old Seitz is a veteran of the 1999, 2003 and 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cups and two Olympic Games and will be the most experienced official in Germany.

All three women officiated matches at the 2008 Olympic Games, and together worked the 2010 Women’s Professional Soccer championship game. Perez and Duffy were both assigned to the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany, with Duffy working the championship game, and Perez joined Seitz for the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament in November.

Participation for the referees in Germany will be subject to one final fitness test to be held in Frankfurt approximately a week before the first match on June 26 in Berlin's Olympiastadion. The officials went through fitness, written, video and on-field testing at the 2011 Algarve Cup in March.

The three Americans were selected from an initial list of more than 500 referees. Seitz will be one of 16 referees working the tournament’s 32 matches, while Duffy and Perez will be part of a group of 32 assistant referees. FIFA has also named three referees from Europe who will serve exclusively as fourth officials during the competition.