As a referee, Kari Seitz officiated at four separate World Cups and broke records in the process. No-one, male or female, has achieved the same distinction either before or since. But as well as making history, Seitz was determined to make a difference. Indeed, it is that decades-old ambition which compelled the American to rip up long-standing plans to take on the job of senior manager in FIFA's referees department.
As Seitz told FIFA.com: "One of my key goals was always to be a role model and make a real impact on behalf of women. I didn't know if that would be in sport, never mind in football. I just wanted to make some kind of difference, and in refereeing I did feel that I made some progress. But this job, I feel, offers me an even bigger platform to help more women and be a positive influence and example. One of my responsibilities will be helping lead women's referees. In the short term, that will have the focus of building towards the 2019 Women's World Cup: preparing the prospective list of officials, ensuring top training for them, the best opportunities and the greatest amount of development. More generally, I'll also be part of the referees department, involving myself in all of the projects and support work that goes on. It's a job I'm really excited to take on and one I want to make the very most of".