Kathryn Nesbitt Biography – Kathryn Nesbitt Wiki
Kathryn Nesbitt is an American Assistant Referee at FIFA. She made her professional debut as an Assistant Referee in a National Women’s Soccer League match between Kansas City and Portland on April 13, 2013. She made her MLS officiating debut in a match between D.C. United and Columbus on May 2, 2015. Nesbitt earned a FIFA badge in 2016 and officiated at that year’s Women’s Under-17 World Cup, the 2018 Women’s Under-20 World Cup, and two matches at the 2019 Women’s World Cup. She was also a referee at the 2020 women’s Olympic qualifying tournaments.
Nesbitt was a referee for the Women’s World Cup between June 7, 2019, and July 7, 2019, in France. She officiated two matches at the 2019 Women’s World Cup. In her officiating World Cup debut, Nesbitt officiated a group-stage match between Norway and Nigeria. The match was played at Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims. She also officiated the match between Sweden and Canada.
Nesbitt was the first woman to officiate in an MLS postseason match. During a match between Portland Timbers and Orlando City, Nesbitt became the first woman to officiate a Major League Soccer title game. Kathryn Nesbitt became the first woman to referee a championship match in professional men’s sports in North America in December 2020, when she took the field for the MLS Cup between Columbus Crew and Seattle Sounders. Nesbitt was named 2020 MLS Assistant Referee of the Year. She became the first woman to earn the award.
Prior to becoming a FIFA Assistant Referee, Nesbitt was a chemistry professor at Towson University, in Towson, Maryland, where she taught analytical chemistry. “I was a professor of chemistry up until two weeks before the Women’s World Cup in 2019. I spent ten years doing my own research and starting my own lab at the university (Towson University in Baltimore),” Nesbitt told FIFA.com. “My background in research is on figuring out better ways to analyse brain chemicals, and our lab focused on developing, improving and optimising the techniques for sampling brain chemicals and then analysing them.”
Kathryn attended the Saint John Fisher College in Rochester, New York, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. She is a former member of the St. John Fisher College women’s volleyball team. She played two years for Fisher where she appeared in 42 matches overall and accumulated 120 total kills along with 42 digs. She was also an active Chemistry Club member. Nesbitt also holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Chemistry, from the University of Pittsburgh, where she was a member of Phi Lambda Upsilon Chemistry Society.
Kathryn Nesbitt Referee
Kathryn Nesbitt began refereeing at the age of 14. “I actually started when I was 14 years old. Clearly, that was more of a hobby at the time,” she said. “So it’s just kind of made its way into a career over the last 20ish years or so.”
Regarding why she become a referee in the first place, Nesbitt told FIFA: “Everyone has their own path. I started as a kid as a summer job, and that kept me involved in soccer and eventually kept me involved in sports. I really liked staying active. It can be competitive in its own sense as well, so to have those opportunities to strive to be the best at something in kind of an athletic form was great for me, so that’s really what pushed me to keep moving forward with it.”
Nesbitt earned a FIFA badge in 2016 and officiated at that year’s Women’s Under-17 World Cup, the 2018 Women’s Under-20 World Cup, and two matches at the 2019 Women’s World Cup. She was also a referee at the 2020 women’s Olympic qualifying tournaments.
Speaking about her officiating tasks and being a female Assistant Referee, Nesbitt said: “I like to think that there are some referees out there that look up to me. And I’m really hopeful that I’m putting out a good example and emanating qualities that other officials hope to achieve someday.”
Kathryn Nesbitt Age
She was born on July 11, 1988, in Rochester, New York, United States.
Kathryn Nesbitt Height
Kathryn Nesbitt is six-foot (6’0″) tall. “She’s pretty imposing physically,” said Howard Webb, a Premier League referee from 2003-14. “She’s tall, athletic. She’s very calm and clearly intelligent as well. She’s able to process a lot of information quickly and accurately.”
Kathryn Nesbitt Husband
Is Kathryn Nesbitt married? It is unclear if she is married.
Kathryn Nesbitt Salary
She earns an estimated salary of $350 per match.
Kathryn Nesbitt Nationality
She is of American nationality. She was born in Rochester, New York, United States.
Kathryn Nesbitt Net Worth
Kathryn Nesbitt’s net worth is unclear.