National Arena League's First Female Offiical

ATLANTA – The National Arena League is proud to announce that last weekend the league’s first female official performed duties during the Jersey Flight and Carolina Cobras game in Greensboro, NC. Maili Williamson served as a line judge in the National Arena League Week 4 matchup between the Carolina Cobras and Jersey Flight. In what would become an historic night for the league and a step forward for the National Arena League that looks to continue to professionally include women on & off the field at league and team levels in high positions. Williamson's first game as line judge is a benchmark to the National Arena League progress of standards for future seasons to come where personnel are selected based on skill, experience, and professional character. 

In a year of firsts the NAL launched a new league website that will serve as a long term home for the NAL online, live stats for fans to follow multiple games at once, recently a new fantasy football app, and now the first female league official in NAL history. Many football leagues unfortunately took decades to make half the progress the NAL has created in it’s fourth season as an arena football league, the NAL plans to continue to serve as an example of great progress in the sports industry on multiple levels.

Williamson will continue to serve as a line judge for the 2021 NAL season and is a potential candidate to work in the NAL postseason where positions for those games are traditionally filled by top performing officials hand selected by the National Arena League and their Director of Officials Joe Clarkson who has served the league since it’s inaugural season in 2017. 

The National Arena League was founded in 2016 and hosted its inaugural season in 2017 as the premier league in arena football. For more information regarding expansion opportunities or partnerships, contact Commissioner Chris Siegfried at . For more information about the NAL visit,,,