For the first time, two U.S. Soccer referees will work a World Cup final, when defending champion France meets Argentina for the championship on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET (FOX).

Referee Ismail Elfath will serve as fourth official and Kyle Atkins will serve as assistant Video Assistant Referee.

Five U.S. Soccer game officials have worked the tournament in Qatar, including assistant referees Kathryn Nesbitt and Corey Parker as well as VAR official Armando Villarreal. They were part of the 36 referees, 69 assistant referees and 24 video match officials that worked games.

Breaking other barriers, Nesbitt was one of six female referees selected to officiate at the men’s World Cup for the first time. She represented the United States in eight matches, including the match between Costa Rica and Germany that was officiated by an all-female crew for the first time in World Cup history. Nesbitt was the offside VAR, joining France’s Stephanie Frappart, Brazil’s Neuza Back and Mexico’s Karen Diaz.

“At U.S. Soccer, we strive to grow the game in all its capacities. As a long-time member of the referee community, I couldn’t be prouder to see Americans officiating on soccer’s grandest stage,” U.S. Soccer CEO and secretary general JT Batson said in a statement. “Watching Esse Baharmast on the field at the 1998 World Cup inspired my time as a referee. I hope folks across the country are similarly inspired as they’ve watched our officials throughout this World Cup and seen the amazing heights that our U.S. Soccer Referee Program can reach.”

When Elfath takes the field on Sunday for the Final as the fourth official it will be his fourth assignment of the tournament. He manned Portugal vs. Ghana in the opening round, and Cameroon vs. Brazil and Japan vs. Costa Rica in the Round of 16.

Atkins is earning his seventh assignment. Earlier in the tournament he served as an assistant referee for the same three matches where Elfath was in the middle, and was the assistant VAR for three first round matches.

Parker joined Atkins as the other assistant referee for the three matches with Elfath, and also was assigned as a Offside VAR for a match. Villareal was assigned the most matches with 12 total, all as either the VAR, assistant VAR or support VAR.

U.S. Soccer Referee Assignments at the 2022 FIFA World Cup

Match 5: France vs. Australia

Offside VR: Atkins

 

Match 6: Denmark vs. Tunisia

AVAR: Villarreal

Match 11: Germany vs. Japan

AVAR: Villarreal

Offside VR: Nesbitt

 

Match 15: Portugal vs. Ghana

Referee: Elfath

Assistant Referee 1: Atkins

Assistant Referee 2: Parker

VAR: Villarreal

 

Match 21: Tunisia vs. Australia
Offside VR: Parker

 

Match 22: Poland vs. Saudi Arabia

AVAR: Villarreal

 

Match 26: Belgium vs. Morocco
Offside VAR: Nesbitt
Support VAR: Villarreal

Match 30: Korea Republic vs. Ghana
Offside VAR: Atkins

Match 31: Brazil vs. Switzerland
AVAR: Villarreal
Offside VAR: Nesbitt

Match 39: Poland vs. Argentina
Offside VAR: Nesbitt

Match 43: Japan vs. Spain
AVAR: Villarreal
Offside VAR: Atkins

Match 44: Costa Rica vs. Germany
Offside VAR: Nesbitt

Match 46: Korea Republic vs. Portugal
Support VAR: Villarreal

Match 48: Cameroon vs. Brazil – Round of 16
Referee: Elfath

Assistant Referee 1: Atkins

Assistant Referee 2: Parker

 

Match 51: England vs. Senegal – Round of 16
Assistant Referee 2: Nesbitt

AVAR: Villarreal

Match 53: Japan vs. Croatia – Round of 16
Referee: Elfath

Assistant Referee 1: Atkins

Assistant Referee 2: Parker

 

Match 58: Croatia vs. Brazil – Quarterfinal

Offside VAR: Nesbitt

 

Match 60: Morocco vs. Portugal – Quarterfinal

Support VAR: Villarreal

 

Match 61: Argentina vs. Croatia – Semifinal

Offside VAR: Nesbitt

 

Match 62: France vs. Morocco – Semifinal

Support VAR: Villarreal

 

Match 63: Croatia vs. Morocco – Third Place Match

Support VAR: Villarreal

 

Match 64: Argentina vs. France – Final

Fourth Official: Elfath

Offside VAR: Atkins