Monday, February 3rd, 2019 -- With the 2020 Concacaf Women's U-20 championship just around the corner, U.S. Soccer has selected its referees and Tucson's Alicia Messer was one of three selected to officiate.
The nine-day tournament will be held in the Dominican Republic and it serves as the region's U-20 World Cup qualifying competition.
Messer earned her grade 8 referee certification in Tucson in 2006 and she became a National Candidate in 2015. She has refereed various levels throughout the Arizona Soccer Association which allowed her to gain the experience needed to achieve the highest levels of officiating.
In 2016, Messer was assigned as the AR1 in the NWSL Final. She has also has officiated matches in the USL - including Phoenix Rising FC - and in Major League Soccer as an AVAR.
Messer's selection marks the second time in two years that an Arizona based referee has been assigned to a World Cup. In 2018, Corey Rockwell was one of four referees selected from the U.S.