Kari Seitz on women referees


Women Onside has been pleased to bring another leading international figure to Australian audiences in our fourth free public webinar.


Former top referee and FIFA’s current Senior Manager of Refereeing Kari Seitz talks about the opportunities and challenges for women referees.

For the first time ever a leading FIFA referees manager spoke directly to the Australian refereeing community on the opportunities and challenges for women referees.

Kari Seitz told the story of her personal journey, including what it is like to referee at major events. She then went on to discuss some of the bigger issues she deals with in her role of FIFA Senior Manager of Refereeing, including:

  • the barriers for women referees and how to overcome them;

  • the professionalisation of women’s football and how that is impacting on refereeing; and

  • the advice she would give to developing referees.

Kari provided her personal insight both as a referee and now in her role of leading referees. Kari has overcome many of the challenges which face women referees and will share her experience to inspire and advise other women and girls as referees.

The audiences for this webinar included:


  • women and girls who are referees in Australia from community to elite;

  • key decision makers in refereeing, including referee educators and coaches, referee branch officials;

  • anyone interested in refereeing;

  • anyone interested in understanding referees.

The event was held online – via Zoom on Monday 22 June 2020 at 7:30 pm to 8:45 pm (Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney)

About Kari Kari was a referee for nearly 30 years, including 14 as a FIFA international referee, beginning in 1985 in her home town in Michigan.

Her career highlights include officiating at four FIFA Women’s World Cups from 1999 to 2011 and three Olympic Games (2004, 2008, 2012).

Kari is now FIFA’s Senior Manager of Refereeing and was responsible for the match officials at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France 2019.