IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.

Sarah Thomas to be 1st female to officiate at Super Bowl

NFL's first female official is making history again.
Houston Texans v New Orleans Saints
Sarah Thomas is set to officiate in her first Super Bowl next month.Chris Graythen / Getty Images
/ Source: AP (Associated Press)

Sarah Thomas will cap her sixth NFL season by becoming the first female to officiate the Super Bowl in NFL history.

Thomas, a down judge, is part of the officiating crew announced Tuesday by the NFL.

“Sarah Thomas has made history again as the first female Super Bowl official,” said Troy Vincent, Sr., the NFL’s executive vice resident of football operations. “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.”

Down judge Sarah Thomas looks on from the sidelines during the first half of a game between the Los Angeles Chargers and the Denver Broncos at SoFi Stadium on Dec. 27, 2020 in Inglewood, California.Sean M. Haffey / Getty Images

Referee Carl Cheffers will lead the seven-person crew of on-field game officials for the Super Bowl on Feb. 7 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Cheffers has been a game official for 21 seasons in the NFL and was promoted to referee in 2008. He has worked 17 playoff games, including the Super Bowl in 2017.

The crew includes umpire Fred Bryan, line judge Rusty Baynes, field judge James Coleman, side judge Eugene Hall, back judge Dino Paganelli and replay official Mike Wimmer. The crew has 88 years of NFL experience with 77 combined playoff games.

Thomas became the first full-time female official of the NFL back in 2015.Winslow Townson / Reuters

This will be the first Super Bowl for Coleman as well as Thomas and second for Cheffers, Bryan, Baynes, Hall and Paganelli.

“Their body of work over the course of a 17-game season has earned them the honor of officiating the biggest game on the world’s biggest stage,” Vincent said. “They are the best of the best.”