Five years after deciding to try refereeing, Demi Goddard is starting to make her mark on the South Coast competition and beyond.
The Wollongong teenager helped create a slice of history on Saturday by being part of the first three-female referee team to officiate a District League game.
Goddard, 19, was the main referee and joined by assistant referees Annaliese Phipps and Casey Flemming for the Balgownie versus Shell Cove game at Judy Masters Oval.
"It was pretty cool, a big achievement for me and the other two girls," she said.
"We train together and referee up in Sydney together for Football NSW. So we're pretty close and really close and really excited to be able to do that game together.
"It was also my debut at first grade so that was exciting as well as a bit nerve wracking."
Goddard was playing at Woonona in 2015 when she decided to try refereeing.
"I started talking to a few referees that I went to school with. I signed up and realised it was pretty fun," she said.
"Now I'm not playing, I'm just refereeing so that was more my path. It's really fun. You can stay active but you're thinking as well. It's a good opportunity for building communication skills and confidence."
It's a good opportunity for building communication skills and confidence.Demi Goddard
Now, the teen has big ambitions for the future.
"I'm in the Football NSW Academy so I'm doing National Premier League games. I have my first grade Women's NPL debut this weekend," Goddard said.
"I'd like to get as far as I can with it... and maybe try get up to the W-league one day."