Football History: The very first female referee in men’s football worldwide

Whoa, that’s a sensation: a female referee officiating a championship match in Brazilian football. Not now or 30 years ago, but almost 100 years ago. The German newspaper “Echo der Gegenwart“ (“Echo of the Present”) of 28 October 1933 bears witness to what was perhaps the first woman to not only officiate a charity or friendly match: “Miss Colona” from Rio de Janiero.

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