First Female NFL Coach, Full-Time Referee Make Preseason Debut

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GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 01:  Intern linebacker coach Jen Welter of the Arizona Cardinals on the field during the team training camp at University of Phoenix Stadium on August 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

GLENDALE, AZ – AUGUST 01: Intern linebacker coach Jen Welter of the Arizona Cardinals on the field during the team training camp at University of Phoenix Stadium on August 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) —

Arizona Cardinals assistant Jen Welter has become the first woman to coach an NFL game, the same night the league’s first full-time female on-field official made her preseason debut.

Welter worked Saturday night’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs as an inside linebackers coach, while Sarah Thomas served as the line judge in the seven-person officiating crew.

GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 15:  Line-judge Sarah Thomas works the field during warm ups to the pre-season NFL game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Kansas City Chiefs at the University of Phoenix Stadium on August 15, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

GLENDALE, AZ – AUGUST 15: Line-judge Sarah Thomas works the field during warm ups to the pre-season NFL game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Kansas City Chiefs at the University of Phoenix Stadium on August 15, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Welter is serving a six-week coaching internship that will include Arizona’s training camp and four preseason games. She was the first woman to play a non-kicking position on a men’s professional football team last year with the Texas Revolution of the Indoor Football League.

Thomas, the first woman to officiate in major college football and a bowl game, had worked preseason games and training camps before being hired full-time for the 2015 season.

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