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Six U.S. Soccer Referees Named to Work at the FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003

CHICAGO (Tuesday, August 26, 2003) – FIFA has announced the 12 referees and 24 assistant referees that will make up the 12 teams calling games the FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 2003. U.S. Soccer will be represented by a three-woman crew – one of just five crews comprised entirely by officials from the same nation – as well as three additional officials added to the slate as Fourth Officials. With six of the 39 total officials, U.S. Soccer is the nation with the most representatives on the all-female panel.

Kari Seitz, a California native and FIFA International Referee since 1999, heads the U.S. Soccer contingent as Referee. Seitz, 32, has officiated several high-profile events in recent years, including the 2002 FIFA Under-19 Women’s World Championship. She will be joined on the three-woman crew by Assistant Referees Karalee Sutton of Pennsylvania and Sharon Wheeler of Florida. Sutton, 38, is a recent addition to U.S. Soccer’s list of FIFA International Referees, joining the panel in 2003. Wheeler, 40, has been a FIFA International Referee since 2000 and worked the CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup in 2002.

As the host of the FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 2003, U.S. Soccer had three additional officials selected as Fourth Officials: Jennifer Bennett, 33, of Massachusetts - a FIFA International Referee since 2003; Sandra Hunt, 44, of Washington - a FIFA International Referee since 1999; and Rachel Woo, 35, of Massachusetts - a FIFA International Referee since 2001. Hunt will be participating in her second FIFA Women’s World Cup, having officiated at the 1999 event as well.


Name (Nationality) - Position
ZHANG Dongqing (CHN) - Referee
LIU Hsiu Mei (TPE) - Assistant Referee
YOSHIZAWA Hisae (JPN) - Assistant Referee

IM Eun Ju (KOR) - Referee
CHOI Soo Jin (KOR) - Assistant Referee
HONG Kum Nyo (PRK) - Assistant Referee


Name (Nationality) - Position
ABIDOYE Bola (NGA) - Referee
IGWENAGU Elizabeth Nkiru (NGA) - Assistant Referee
ORANYELI Bright (NGA) - Assistant Referee

AGBOYI Xonam (TOG) - Referee
KREBE Perpetue Desiree (CIV) - Assistant Referee
BIAGUI Florence (SEN) - Assistant Referee


Name (Nationality) - Position
SEITZ Kari (USA) - Referee
SUTTON Karalee (USA) - Assistant Referee
WHEELER Sharon (USA) - Assistant Referee

DENONCOURT Sonia (CAN) - Referee
ROBINSON Denise (CAN) - Assistant Referee
BRAMBLE Lynda (TRI) - Assistant Referee


Name (Nationality) - Position
TORTURA Sueli (BRA) - Referee
NUNES RIBEIRO Cleidy Mary (BRA) - Assistant Referee
SILVA Marlei (BRA) - Assistant Referee

ROMANO Florencia (ARG) - Referee 
LOIS Sabrina (ARG) - Assistant Referee
CERCATO Alejandra (ARG) - Assistant Referee


Name (Nationality) - Position
OGSTON Tammy (AUS) - Referee      
KEEN Airlie (AUS) - Assistant Referee
LELEU Jacqueline (AUS) - Assistant Referee


Name (Nationality) Position
PETIGNAT Nicole (SUI) - Referee      
LUETHI Elke (SUI) - Assistant Referee
VIENNOT Nelly (FRA) - Assistant Referee

IONESCU Floarea Cristina (ROM) - Referee      
MIRT Irina (ROM) - Assistant Referee
NADOLSKA Katarzyna (POL) - Assistant Referee

ELOVIRTA Katriina (FIN) -Referee
PARVIAINEN Emilia (FIN) - Assistant Referee
REGAN Andi (NIR) - Assistant Referee


Name (Nationality)
BENNETT Jennifer (USA)
HUNT Sandra (USA)
WOO Rachel (USA)