Maria Sole Ferrieri Caputi will this weekend become the second woman referee to officiate a Serie B match.
She has been assigned to the big game between Cittadella and SPAL on Sunday evening.
It’s not entirely an historic occasion, seeing as Maria Marotta already officiated a Serie B fixture between Reggina and Frosinone in May 2021.
Scientific researcher Ferrieri Caputi spent five years in the amateur divisions and was promoted to the Serie C level last season.
She is already an international referee at women’s level.
Italy are lagging behind other nations in the progress of women in the world of refereeing, as Stephanie Frappart became the first woman to officiate the European Super Cup between Chelsea and Liverpool in August 2019.
In that match, she was assisted by an all-female team, including Italian Manuela Nicolosi.
In December 2020, Frappart became the first woman to referee a Champions League match with Juventus vs. Dynamo Kiev, then in March 2021 the first woman to officiate a World Cup qualifier between the Netherlands and Latvia.
— La Gazzetta dello Sport (@Gazzetta_it) October 13, 2021