The NFL announced the officiating team for Super Bowl LV on Tuesday.
Carl Cheffers has been called the referee for the game. He was the referee for Super Bowl LI and has actually officiated 17 championship game throughout his career.
Down judge Sarah Thomas will be part of Cheffers crew. Thomas will be the first female to officiate a Super Bowl. She is also the very first lady to officiate any NFL game.
” Sarah Thomas has made history again as the first female Super Bowl official,” NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent said in a declaration. “Her elite efficiency and dedication to quality has earned her the right to officiate the Super Bowl. Congratulations to Sarah on this well-deserved honor.”
Umpire Fred Bryan, line judge Rusty Baynes, field judge James Coleman, side judge Eugene Hall, back judge Dino Paganelli, and replay main Mike Wimmer comprise the rest of the crew. Coleman joins Thomas in making their Super Bowl debuts while the other officials will be working in the game for the 2nd time.