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Assistant referee Michelle O'Neill

Assistant referee Michelle O'Neill

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Assistant referee Michelle O'Neill

Irish referee, Michelle O'Neill, has revealed her delight after being chosen to officiate in the women's World Cup finals in Canada later this year.

O'Neill, 34, is an assistant referee in the League of Ireland as well as working in the FAI Continental Tyres Women's National League.

The Wexford girl underwent a series of seminars before being chosen by the FIFA Referees Committee.

"I'm absolutely delighted to have been invited to officiate at the FIFA Women's World Cup. It's such an honour to be appointment for such a prestigious event," said O'Neill.

"I can't say I'm surprised to have made it but I went out to every event I was asked to go to by FIFA and did my best. I tried to give them nothing for them to possibly not pick me. I tried to be as professional as possible. Doha went very well in terms of my levels of fitness and the offside testing.

"It was a great feeling when I received an email on Friday confirming that I was on the panel. I'll be looking now to keep myself as fit as I can be, stay as sharp as possible in terms of speed work and being mentally prepared. I'll continue doing the offside analysis and training as hard as I can. I want to stay at the top of my game."

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