The USA’s Maia Chaka is walking history after being appointed as the first black woman National Football League Official.


“I am honored to be selected as an NFL official,” Chaka said in a media statement. “But this moment is bigger than a personal accomplishment. It is an accomplishment for all women, my community, and my culture.”

She joins the NFL Officiating team after a successful run with college sports, which includes an appearance in the Pac-12 Conference and Conference USA.

Her skills impressed the NFL and have earned her a spot in the officiating team.

“Maia’s years of hard work, dedication and perseverance – including being part of the NFL Officiating Development Program – have earned her a position as an NFL official,” said NFL Executive Vice-President of Football Operations, Troy Vincent, Sr.

“As we celebrate Women’s History Month, Maia is a trailblazer as the first black female official and inspires us toward normalizing women on the football field,” he concluded.


Photo 1 Caption: Maia Chaka makes history as the first black woman ever to be part of the NFL’s officiating staff, and considers her appointment as an accomplishment for all women, her community and culture. Photo: Forbes Women (Twitter)