Marta Huerta de Aza, first essential referee to be promoted to the Second Division | Soccer | Sports | EUROtoday

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The Technical Committee of Referees (CTA) of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has promoted a senior referee, Marta Huerta de Aza (Palencia, 34 years previous), to the Second Division for the primary time in historical past. Born in Palencia and assigned to the Tenerife committee, she would be the first referee to officiate matches within the second class of Spanish males's soccer. Huerta de Aza has worldwide expertise: she refereed a match within the semifinals of the Women's Champions League, she was within the Euro 2022 Championship in England and took part within the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand that Spain gained final summer season.

“It is something that one does not even dream of when starting out in this refereeing adventure. I have been fighting for many years and it is a huge satisfaction to have achieved it,” mentioned Huerta de la Aza. “I also feel this promotion as a collective achievement, that is what my colleagues are letting me know. Women's arbitration in Spain is taking very important steps and this is a success for all,” she added.

For a while now, girls have been preventing to make their means among the many referees of soccer – and likewise different sports activities resembling basketball. In reality, Huerta de Aza isn’t the primary to succeed in the elite {of professional} males's soccer. The assistants Guadalupe Porras and Eliana Fernández have already been within the First Division for a number of seasons, and subsequent yr they are going to be accompanied by Judit Romero García, who’s promoted to the League, whereas Silvia Fernández will probably be an assistant referee within the 2024/2025 season within the Second Division.

The promotions of Huerta de Aza and Romero García are one other instance of the expansion of girls in soccer. Not solely are they conquering new heights in refereeing, however the variety of women who play has not stopped rising lately (107,853 licenses this season) to develop into the second most practiced sport by them in Spain, solely behind of basketball (138,267), though nonetheless removed from the variety of males who kick the ball federatedly (1,140,658), in accordance with knowledge from the Ministry of Education and Sports.

In whole, within the first 4 classes of Spanish males's soccer – First, Second, First RFEF and Second RFEF – there are 19 referees – taking into consideration principals and assistants – among the many 486 professionals who’re devoted to refereeing, in accordance with CTA knowledge.

The announcement of Huerta's promotion comes after the controversy attributable to UEFA's determination to not embody a single feminine referee within the Euro Cup that’s being held in Germany lately. At the World Cup in Qatar, held on the finish of 2022, there have been six referees – three essential and three assistants – however the physique that governs continental soccer determined to dispense with the European professionals beneath the premise that the collection of referees had been based mostly on “ exclusively in its quality.”

Promotions to First

In addition to the promotion of Huerta de Aza, Adrián Cordero Vega, from the Cantabrian committee, and Alejandro Quintero González, from Andalusia, are the referees who rise to the First Division. Cordero Vega returns to the highest class, the place he already spent 4 seasons, between 2018 and 2022, whereas Quintero González had been within the Second Division for 3 seasons.

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