Super Bowl LV

Super Bowl LV: Sarah Thomas set to be first female official

Sarah Thomas has been full-time with the NFL since 2015 and she has landed a landmark Super Bowl role ahead of the 7 February showpiece game.

Sarah Thomas to be first female official at Super Bowl

For the first time in NFL history a woman will officiate at the Super Bowl. The league announced the officiating crew for Super Bowl LV on Tuesday and Sarah Thomas was named the down judge.

Sarah Thomas to make history

This will be the second playoff assignment for the 47-year-old Thomas, after she worked an AFC divisional-round game between the New Patriots and Los Angeles Chargers on 13 January 2019. Thomas became the league’s first full-time female official back in 2015.

Troy Vincent Sr, the NFL executive vice president of football operations, said: "Sarah Thomas has made history again as the first female Super Bowl official.

"Her elite performance and commitment to excellence has earned her the right to officiate the Super Bowl. Congratulations to Sarah on this well-deserved honour."

Carl Cheffers has been named the referee for the championship game scheduled for February 7 in Tampa, Florida. Cheffers has previously officiated in 17 playoff games, and was in charge for Super Bowl LI in 2017.

Thomas and Cheffers will be joined by umpire Fred Bryan, line judge Rusty Baynes, field judge James Coleman, side judge Eugene Hall, back judge Dino Paganelli and replay official Mike Wimmer.