'Men's league taught us patience' - World Cup-bound referee credits RSPL role in development

By December 20, 2018
Stephanie-Dale Yee Sing Stephanie-Dale Yee Sing

Women’s World Cup-bound assistant referee Stephanie-Dale Yee Sing has credited officiating male football in Jamaica’s local Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) with helping to develop a sense of calm and tolerance.

The 36-old Yee Sing will be part of a trio, which will also include compatriot Princess Brown and Canadian teammate Marie-Soleil Beaudoin who will head to the premier women’s football tournament next year. 

After a strong performance at the final of the FIFA U-17 World Cup last month the duo of Yee Sing and Brown have already been tested on the big stage and head into the tournament with plenty of experience.

Back home, however, they have also logged plenty of miles in the rough and tumble, high-pressure environment of the RSPL.  An environment that can be said to have few equals.  Whether it’s coming face to face with irate players or rowdy fans spewing vitriol, Yee Sing insists the environment has taught her an fellow female officials to keep their composure in high-pressure situations.

“The boys are tough, but we learn tolerance and patience with them,” Yee Sing said in an interview on the SportsMax Zone.

“We just have to remain calm because we are in limelight.  Everyone is looking at our decisions, so we just have to put on a face and be our best,” she added.

Kwesi Mugisa

Kwesi has been a sports journalist with more than 10-years’ experience in the field. First as a Sports Reporter with The Gleaner in the early 2000s before he made the almost natural transition to becoming an editor. Since then he has led the revamp of The Star’s sports offering, making it a more engaging and forward-thinking component of the most popular tabloid newspaper in the Caribbean.

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