Rebecca Welch becomes first woman referee to officiate in Emirates FA Cup third round

Wednesday 29 Dec 2021
Rebecca Welch will referee in the Emirates FA Cup third round in January 2022

The match officials for our Emirates FA Cup third round proper have been appointed, ahead of the ties in January.

With 32 games scheduled to take place across four days from Friday 7 to Monday 10 January 2022, it's going to be a bumper weekend of Cup action across the country.

And there's also a bit of history being made in this season's third round, as Rebecca Welch will become the first woman referee in a game at this stage of the competition as she takes charge of the tie between Birmingham City and Plymouth Argyle at St Andrews.

Having already become the first woman to referee in the EFL earlier in 2021, as well as in earlier rounds of this season's Emirates FA Cup

You can see all of the match official teams listed below, and you can see exactly when each of the games are being played on our fixtures page.

Remember, we also provide live scores and stats from every tie across the weekend.


1 Boreham Wood v AFC Wimbledon
Referee James Bell
Assistant Referees Ryan Whitaker & Conor Farrell
Fourth Official Sam Purkiss

2 Yeovil Town FC v AFC Bournemouth
Referee Jeremy Simpson
Assistant Referees Rob Smith & Mark Russell
Fourth Official Lee Swabey

3 Stoke City FC v Leyton Orient FC
Referee Samuel Barrott
Assistant Referees Matthew Smith & Lisa Rashid
Fourth Official Peter Wright

4 Swansea City FC v Southampton FC
Referee Simon Hooper
Assistant Referees Andrew Fox & Richard Wild
Fourth Official Tom Reeves

5 Chelsea v Chesterfield FC
Referee Jarred Gillett
Assistant Referees Wade Smith &Matthew Jones
Fourth Official Joshua Smith
VAR John Brooks
AVAR Natalie Aspinall

6 Liverpool FC v Shrewsbury Town FC
Referee David Coote
Assistant Referees Nick Hopton & Shaun Hudson
Fourth Official Geoff Eltringham
VAR Andre Marriner
AVAR Sian Massey-Ellis

7 Cardiff City FC v Preston North End FC

Referee Andy Woolmer
Assistant Referees Lee Venamore & Mark Pottage
Fourth Official Sam Allison

8 Coventry City FC v Derby County FC
Referee Andrew Madley
Assistant Referees Matthew Wilkes & Craig Taylor
Fourth Official Benjamin Speedie

9 Burnley FC v Huddersfield Town FC
Referee Andre Marriner
Assistant Referees Richard West & Paul Hodskinson
Fourth Official Stephen Martin
VAR David Coote
AVAR Neil Davies

10 West Bromwich Albion FC v Brighton & Hove Albion FC
Referee Robert Jones
Assistant Referees Darren Cann & Steven Meredith
Fourth Official Ben Toner

11 Kidderminster Harriers FC v Reading FC
Referee Gavin Ward
Assistant Referees Matthew McGrath & Robert Hyde
Fourth Official Simon Mather

12 Leicester City FC v Watford FC
Referee Michael Dean
Assistant Referees Simon Beck & Timothy Wood
Fourth Official James Linington
VAR Stuart Attwell
AVAR Marc Perry

13 Mansfield Town FC v Middlesborough
Referee Keith Stroud
Assistant Referees Andrew Dallison & Michael George
Fourth Official Anthony Backhouse

14 Hartlepool United FC v Blackpool FC

Referee Matthew Donohue
Assistant Referees Philip Dermott & James Wilson
Fourth Official Andrew Kitchen

15 Hull City v Everton FC
Referee Kevin Friend
Assistant Referees Edward Smart & Adrian Holmes
Fourth Official David Webb

16 Bristol City v Fulham
Referee Jonathan Moss
Assistant Referees Adam Crysell & Graham Kane
Fourth Official Robert Lewis

17 Tottenham Hotspur v Morecambe FC
Referee John Brooks
Assistant Referees Marc Perry & Natalie Aspinall
Fourth Official Gavin Ward
VAR Michael Salisbury
AVAR Timothy Wood

18 Millwall FC v Crystal Palace FC

Referee Anthony Taylor
Assistant Referees Gary Beswick & Adam Nunn
Fourth Official Michael Tingey

19 Port Vale FC v Brentford FC
Referee Thomas Bramall
Assistant Referees Adrian Waters & Mark Dwyer
Fourth Official Marc Edwards

20 Swindon Town FC v Manchester City FC
Referee Darren England
Assistant Referees Lee Betts & Harry Lennard
Fourth Official David Coote

21 Wigan Athletic FC v Blackburn Rovers FC
Referee Tim Robinson
Assistant Referees Nigel Lugg & Robert Merchant
Fourth Official Martin Coy

22 Luton Town v Harrogate Town FC
Referee James Linington
Assistant Referees Daniel Leach & Michael Webb
Fourth Official Trevor Kettle

23 Birmingham City F C v Plymouth Argyle FC
Referee Rebecca Welch
Assistant Referees Scott Williams & Andrew Aylott
Fourth Official Ollie Yates

24 Manchester United FC v Aston Villa FC
Referee Michael Oliver
Assistant Referees Stuart Burt & Simon Bennett
Fourth Official Andrew Madley
VAR Darren England
AVAR Harry Lennard

25 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC v Sheffield United FC
Referee Dean Whitestone
Assistant Referees Peter Kirkup & Akil Howson
Fourth Official Paul Tierney
VAR Robert Jones
AVAR Mark Scholes

26 Newcastle United FC v Cambridge United FC
Referee Michael Salisbury
Assistant Referees Mark Scholes & Geoffrey Liddle
Fourth Official John Busby
VAR Simon Hooper
AVAR Stuart Burt

27 Barnsley FC v Barrow AFC
Referee Ross Joyce
Assistant Referees Hristo Karaivanov & Ravel Cheosiaua
Fourth Official Neil Hair

28 Peterborough United FC v Bristol Rovers
Referee Andy Davies
Assistant Referees Bhupinder Gill & Andrew Laver
Fourth Official Christopher Sarginson

29 West Ham United v Leeds United AFC
Referee Stuart Attwell
Assistant Referees Scott Ledger & Neil Davies
Fourth Official Jarred Gillett
VAR Peter Bankes
AVAR Lee Betts

30 Queens Park Rangers FC v Rotherham United FC
Referee Dean Whitestone
Assistant Referees Justin Amey & Ian Cooper
Fourth Official Carl Brook

31 Charlton Athletic FC v Norwich City FC

Referee Joshua Smith
Assistant Referees Jonathan Hunt & Nik Barnard
Fourth Official Darren Drysdale

32 Nottingham Forest FC v Arsenal
Referee Craig Pawson
Assistant Referees Dan Cook & James Mainwaring
Fourth Official Kevin Friend

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