Fisher has no time to flag

Wendy Fisher is the only Cayman Islands football official working at the Women’s CONCACAF Under-20 tournament this week.

Fisher was an assistant referee in the USA match against Jamaica at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex on Saturday, which the Americans won 3-0.

The mother of three is a full-time civil servant so has to get her time management down to a fine art.

She is the first Caymanian to be appointed by the International Federation of Football Associations to referee one of its matches. FIFA has selected Fisher to officiate at the Algarve Cup tournament in a couple of months, in Portugal.

“I had to call someone and let them know that I got this appointment and I wondered if it was real and I started to cry,” Fisher said on learning of the appointment.

“Not only tears of joy but coming from so far in football and where it’s taken me from to where I’m at today, I’m just grateful for the opportunity.”

A former player, Fisher earns the honor after refereeing for only five years, but she has rapidly gained the respect of her peers in that time.

She is enjoying the atmosphere at the U-20 tournament, excellent preparation for the Algarve Cup women’s competition which runs from Mar. 5-12.

Austria, China, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Japan, Norway, Northern Ireland, Portugal, Russia, Sweden and the USA will be competing.

Fisher was an assistant referee in the USA match against Jamaica at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex on Saturday, which the Americans won 3-0.

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