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Juliet Appiah
Full name Juliet Appiah
Born 1989 (age 29–30)
Other occupation Police officer
Years League Role
?–2016 Division One League Referee
2018– Ghana Premier League Referee
Years League Role
2018– FIFA listed[1] Referee

Juliet Appiah (born 1989) is a Ghanaian association football referee in the Ghana Premier League. She is a Ghanaian police officer and a FIFA referee.[2] In 2018, she became the first person in the Ghana Police Service to be awarded a FIFA refereeing license.[3]

FIFA referee[edit]

In February 2018 the Ghana Football Association received accreditation from FIFA for 22 Ghanaian referees who had applied for international refereeing licenses.[4] Juliet Appiah became the first Ghanaian police officer of either sex to be awarded a FIFA refereeing badge.[3][5]

After she had received her badge, a brief ceremony took place at the Ghana Police headquarters.[6] The presentation involved a delegation from the Ghana Football Association who officially announced the achievement of Juliet Appiah to the Inspector General of Police (IGP). The technical director of the Ghana Football Association, Francis Oti Akenteng and Ghana Women's League Board chairperson Linear Addy were present during the ceremony. The IGP, David Asante-Apeatu, advised Juliet Appiah to maintain the highest level of integrity on and off the football field.[7]


Juliet Appiah has officiated at several matches in the second tier of the Ghana football league.[8] Some of her match handling skills have received praise from various association executives.[9][10]

Appiah was appointed by the Referees' Appointment Committee of the GFA to officiate at a match-day 11 game between Dreams FC and Inter Allies in Dawu. She officiated at her first Ghana Premier League match when the match kicked off on Wednesday May 2, 2018.[9] Her performance was generally considered to have been average as many of her decisions during the match were deemed controversial.[9] In the game she wrongly awarded a penalty to the home team after the ball had hit the chin of an Inter Allies player.[9]


  • The most promising referee – 2015 MTN FA Cup Awards.[6]
  • First female police officer to referee a Ghana Premier League match.


  1. ^ "Education & Technical – Referees by Association". FIFA.com. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  2. ^ "Promising Ghanaian referee Isaka Afful, 3 others to be handed FIFA Badges". Ghana Soccernet. January 1, 2018. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Referee Juliet Appiah presents FIFA badge to IGP". www.ghanaweb.com. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  4. ^ Amponsah, Charles. "Leave above board – Eddie Doku charges". www.gbcghana.com. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  5. ^ "Education & Technical – Referees by Association". FIFA.com. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Referee Juliet Appiah represents FIFA badge to Inspector General of Police". social_image. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  7. ^ Online, Peace FM. "Referee Juliet Appiah Presents FIFA Badge To IGP". Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  8. ^ Association, Ghana Football. "Match Officials for GN Bank Division One League Match day 25 Zone One games". www.ghanafa.org. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  9. ^ a b c d "Juliet Appiah becomes first female referee to officiate in GPL this season and mars her performance with strange decisions • Ghana Sports Online". Ghana Sports Online. May 3, 2018. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  10. ^ "Match Review Committee lauds Ref. Juliet Appiah". ghanavisions.com. Retrieved May 9, 2018.