La Liga: Introducing First Female Official For Next Season


La Liga will have a female referee assistant for the first time next season, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has announced.

Guadalupe Porras Ayuso, 31, has been refereeing for 16 seasons and will feature in Spain’s top flight in 2019-20 after working her way her up through the leagues and spending the last two campaigns in the Segunda Division.

“I’m very happy, on a cloud,” she said. “We all dream about being in Primera Division and after a lot of work, I have achieved it. I still can’t believe it.”

Porras Ayuso, who is from Badajoz, will be the first female referee to feature in La Liga. Another, Marisa Villa, was promoted to Spain’s top flight as an assistant in 2007, but was never able to debut after failing to pass the strict fitness tests.