Meet Sarah Thomas, NFL's first female official "She understood that the rules of the game of football should be applied within the spirit of the. And I said, 'Is this where you become a football official? But the NFL was right to take their time in hiring a woman, Thomas believes, because. "He said he was going to a football officials meeting," Thomas recalled. she was used to seeing female refs for games -- and she never paid any attention to Because Thomas will be a line judge, the field judge, who lines up further downfield on . Watch: Jarveon Williams highlights | Preseason Week 4. Yankees · Mets · Giants · Jets · Knicks · Nets · Rangers · Islanders · I'd Click That · Odds She's about to be named the first permanent female official in NFL history. the announcement on the entire group of officials next week. in , has been officiating football on all levels for nearly 20 years. Being a football official can be painful sometimes. NFL Week 16 Sarah Thomas has been an NFL official for almost two full seasons now. Meet Sarah Thomas, NFL's first female official "She understood that the rules of the game of football should be applied within the spirit of the.