Kari Seitz

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Kari Seitz before an NWSL game (2013)

Kari Seitz (born November 2, 1970) is an American professional soccer referee, considered one of the most experienced female referees in the world.[1] She participated in four FIFA Women's World Cup tournaments in (1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011), as well as three Olympic soccer tournaments (2004, 2008, and 2012) and is the only referee — man or woman — to do so.[2][3][4]

In October 2013, she announced she would be retiring later in the month after a 28-year career.[1][5][6][7]


  1. ^ a b "Longtime U.S. Soccer Referee Kari Seitz to Retire". U.S. Soccer Federation. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "U.S. Soccer Centennial Referee Interview: Kari Seitz". U.S. Soccer Federation. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Baxter, Kevin. "Referee Kari Seitz has been there, done that". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Kari Seitz". US Referee Connection. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Kari Seitz to retire from center circle". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "U.S. referee Seitz to retire after historic career". Concacaf. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Most decorated international soccer referee in U.S. history to retire". Contra Costa Times. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 

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