Jamaican match officials’ historic appointment augurs well for the Caribbean


FIFA Assistant Referees Princess Brown and Stephanie Yee-Sing are the first match officials from the Caribbean to officiate in a FIFA World Cup Final

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (December 1, 2018) – Assistant FIFA Referees Princess Brown and Stephanie Yee-Sing will propel Jamaica and the Caribbean region into the history books when they officiate in the final of the 2018 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup between Mexico and Spain on December 1 in Uruguay.

The development marks the first time that any match official male or female from the Caribbean officiates in a World Cup Final. Brown and Yee-Sing have officiated in Under 17 and Senior World Cup fixtures.

President of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Randolph Harris hailed the women’s achievement, calling it a proud moment.

“This is testament to the hard work, commitment and the ability of Princess Brown and Stephanie Yee-Sing. It is also proves the strength of the program of the Jamaica Football Federation, which has a history of being regional trailblazers. We should also acknowledge CONCACAF’s efforts regarding the development and advancement of female referees,” Harris said.

“This is historic, and I offer congratulations to the women. Their appointment bodes well for the Caribbean, not just for the impact on the world stage, but as a catalyst for our other member associations,” Harris added.

Marie-Soleil Beaudoin (Canada) is the referee, taking the total of match officials in the gold medal fixture from CONCACAF to three. The fourth official is Maria Carvajal (Chile). The reserve assistant referee is Sarah Jones (New Zealand).