Melissa Borjas

Melissa Paola Borjas Pastrana (born 20 October 1986) is a Honduran football referee. Borjas earned a degree in Finance at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras, and has been a professional referee since 2011.[2]

Borjas, best known by the local media as Melissa Pastrana, is 165 cm (5 ft 5 in) tall and has been on the FIFA International Referees List since 2013.[3]

In 2015, she became the first Honduran woman to referee at the FIFA Women's World Cup when she officiated a match between Japan and Ecuador.

Borjas was the first female referee to officiate a match in Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional de Honduras, the top flight of men's football in the country.[4] Borjas then became the first female official to referee a final match in Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional de Honduras when she officiated the first leg of the 2019 spring final between local teams Olimpia and Motagua on May 26, 2019.[5]

On December 3, 2018, it was announced that Borjas had been appointed to be a referee for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France.[6] After the conclusion of the round of 16, FIFA announced that Borjas was selected as one of 11 referees who would be assigned to matches during the final 8 matches of the tournament.[7]

Melissa Borjas
Melissa Borjas (referee)
Borjas gives a penalty to Australia's Sam Kerr
Full name Melissa Paola Borjas Pastrana
Born 20 October 1986 (age 32)[1]
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Years Role
2013– Referee
International
Years League Role
2013– FIFA listed Referee

References

  1. ^ "Referees in Canada 2015™: MELISSA PAOLA BORJAS". FIFA.com. 4 June 2015. Retrieved 11 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Getty Images". Getty Images. Retrieved 11 July 2015.
  3. ^ FIFA.com. "Referees in Canada 2015™: MELISSA PAOLA BORJAS - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  4. ^ FIFA.com. "Women's Football - News - Refereeing in the genes for Borjas - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  5. ^ "Melissa Borjas Photos - Ecuador v Japan: Group C - FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 - Zimbio". Zimbio. Retrieved 11 July 2015.
  6. ^ FIFA.com. "FIFA Women's World Cup 2019™ - News - Match officials appointed for FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019™ - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com. Retrieved 2019-06-24.
  7. ^ "Refereeing - Media briefing" (PDF). FIFA.com. 26 June 2019. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship

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The qualifying to the tournament was organized by the Central American Football Union (UNCAF) in Central America and the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) in the Caribbean and started on 19 May 2014.

The United States and Mexico received byes into the tournament. A total of 30 teams entered qualifying, with Martinique and Guadeloupe not eligible for World Cup qualification as they are only members of CONCACAF and not FIFA. Therefore, a total of 28 teams were in contention for the three direct places plus the play-off place against CONMEBOL's Ecuador. Canada did not participate as they already qualified to the World Cup as hosts.

The United States defeated Costa Rica 6–0 in the final to win their seventh title.

2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship qualification

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2015 Algarve Cup

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2016 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship

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The top two teams of the tournament qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics women's football tournament in Brazil as the CONCACAF representatives.The United States won the tournament with a 2–0 final win over Canada. Both teams qualified for the Olympics, their sixth and third in a row respectively.

2016 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup

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North Korea won their 2nd title in this event by beating France in the final, 3–1. They became the first country to win the U-20 and U-17 Women's World Cup in the same year, with their under-17 team winning the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup earlier in the year.

2016 Honduran Supercup (July)

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2016 SheBelieves Cup

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2017 SheBelieves Cup

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2017 Tournament of Nations

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2017 UNCAF Women's Interclub Championship

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2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup

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The tournament was held in Brittany, France between 5 and 24 August 2018, who would also host the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. Haiti and the Netherlands made their U-20 Women's World Cup debuts. North Korea were the defending champions but were eliminated by host France in the quarter-finals.

The final took place at Stade de la Rabine, Vannes between Spain and Japan, a rematch from the group stage. Japan won their first title, beating Spain 3–1 in the Final.

2018 SheBelieves Cup

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2018 UNCAF U-17 Interclub Cup

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2018 in American soccer

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2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

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The United States entered the competition as defending champions after winning the 2015 edition in Canada and successfully defended their title with a 2–0 victory over the Netherlands in the final. In doing so, they secured their record fourth title and became the second nation, after Germany, to have successfully retained the title.

2019 SheBelieves Cup

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Borjas

Borjas is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

George J. Borjas (born 1950), Cuban-born American economist

Melissa Borjas (born 1986), Honduran football referee

René Borjas (1897-1931), Uruguayan football player

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Football at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Women's tournament – Knockout stage

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