CHICAGO (May 13, 2014) – U.S. Soccer referees Margaret Domka, Marlene Duffy and Veronica Perez have been selected to officiate in the FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup this summer in Canada. The tournament will take place Aug 5-24.
Domka will serve as a referee, and Duffy and Perez will both work as assistant referees. FIFA invited a total of 18 referees and 26 assistant referees for the U-20 Women’s World Cup.
Domka has worked a number of matches as a referee in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), the premier soccer league for women in the United States. She also worked the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan in 2012. Domka became a U.S.Soccer referee in 2006 before being certified by FIFA as an international assistant referee in 2007. She became the 10th FIFA certified international referee and third female in the U.S. She also works as a high school Spanish teacher.
Duffy became an international referee in 2008. She refereed in the 2008 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship and the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She was also one of five U.S. officials invited to participate in the 2012 London Olympics and the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany.
Perez officiated the 2012 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship in Panama City, Panama. She joined the FIFA Women’s Panel of Assistant Referees in 2008 and has officiated the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament in Mexico. Like Duffy, Perez participated in both the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and 2012 London games, as well as the 2011 World Cup in Germany.