The International Federation of Association Football, FIFA, chose a female Palestinian referee to help officiate at next year’s Women’s World Cup matches for the first time, according to Palestinian news agency WAFA. 

FIFA said that Heba Saadia will serve as an assistant referee during the competition, which will be held in Australia and New Zealand from July 20 to Aug. 20, 2023. Assistant referees determine which team gets play of the ball when it moves out of bounds and watch for violations of rules during play. 

Saadia was an assistant referee at the Women’s Asian Cup, held in India earlier this year. 

The women’s soccer tournament is the first tournament to be hosted in the southern hemisphere, and the first to be held in two countries, as well as the first to include 32 teams. 

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