Sarah Thomas will become the first woman to officiate a Super Bowl, the NFL announced. Thomas will serve as a down judge on referee Carl Cheffers’ crew at Super Bowl LV in Tampa, Florida.

NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent Sr. said the following regarding Thomas’ Super Bowl assignment: “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 honor.”

Thomas joined the NFL in 2015 as its first female on-field official. The league assembles its Super Bowl officiating crew based on eligibility — a minimum of five years of experience is required — as well as in-season performance. She has worked a total of four postseason games in six seasons with the league.

Before making the move to the NFL, Thomas officiated college football in Conference USA and spent time officiating in the United Football League in 2010.

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