Tupou Patia
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Tupou Patia

Tupou Patia (born Cook Islands, 17 April 1984) is a football player and referee from the Cook Islands.[1] In 2015 Patia served as a referee at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada, becoming the first person from the Cook Islands, male or female, to serve as a referee at a FIFA World Cup-affiliated match.[2]

Career

Both of Patia's parents were keen sports players, and Patia and her two sisters grew up playing volleyball, netball, football, rugby, and touch. Patia began playing football when she was 10 years old, and at the age of 15, she was selected for the national football team.[2] She participated in a number of regional tournaments, including the Oceania Women's Championship in 2003.[3]

In 2011, Patia was selected as a referee for the Pacific Games, which were held in New Caledonia.[4] She also refereed at the Oceania Under-20s Women's Championship in 2014.[5]

References

  1. ^ "Cook Islands - T. Patia - Profile with news, career statistics and history - Soccerway". us.soccerway.com. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ a b McKay, Jaewynn. "Tupou's 'the girl next door'". Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ "Oceania's Women's Championship 2003 (Australia)". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ "Welcome to the Cook Islands Herald". www.ciherald.co.ck. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ "LADY REF GETS CALL...To officiate in the women's OFC U-20 champ - Solomon Star". www.solomonstarnews.com. Retrieved 2017.

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