Sian Massey enjoys Women's World Cup adventure

Monday 07 Apr 2014
Sian Massey has been an assistant referee in the Premier League this season

Sian Massey had the honour of officiating in the later stages of the FIFA Women's U17 World Cup in Costa Rica last Friday.

The English official was appointed as assistant referee for the third and fourth place play-off between Italy and Venezuela.

Taking place at the Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica in San Jose, the game turned out to be a thriller, ending 4-4 after 90 minutes.

Sian Massey

Massey has been assistant referee in the Women's U17s World Cup over the last few weeks

 

The teams couldn't be separated after extra time and it was left to Italy to secure third place in the competition with a 2-0 win through a penalty shoot-out.

Premier League official Massey has been in Costa Rica since for a number of weeks, with the competition starting on 15 March.

She was involved in a total of four games at the competition, Mexico v China and China v Nigeria in Group D and Canada v Ghana in Group B.  

Speaking about Massey's involvement, The FA's Referee Committee Chairman David Elleray said: "Sian’s appointment, which follows being Reserve Assistant Referee on the UEFA Women’s Champions’ League final and Assistant Referee for the 2013 Women's EURO final, demonstrates that she has taken her skills from the domestic and Europe stage to the world stage.

"She is clearly an exceptional talent and her appointment further enhances the reputation of English refereeing and The FA."

By Nicholas Veevers