Three Americans to officiate World Cup

Updated: April 19, 2011, 12:16 AM ET
Associated Press

ZURICH -- American referee Kari Seitz will officiate her fourth straight women's World Cup.

FIFA announced the names of the 16 referees and 32 assistants who will work the 16-nation tournament in June in Germany.

The United States will be one of only five countries with three on-field officials. Marlene Duffy and Veronica Perez were selected as assistant referees.

Jenny Palmqvist of Sweden will be the only professional referee to handle matches. She is also the oldest at age 42, was named by FIFA on Monday among 16 referees and 32 assistants.

Finau Vulivuli, a 29-year-old teacher from Fiji, is the youngest and the only referee from Oceania.


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