One of the world's greatest referees is hanging up her boots.
American Kari Seitz, who participaticed in a Q&A with Examiner.com in 2011, will officiate her final game -- the United States vs. Australia in an international friendly Oct. 20 at the Alamodome in San Antonio (Tex.) -- marking the end to a brilliant and profound career.
Seitz is the only person to ever officiate four World Cups -- the 1999, 2003, '07, '11 Women's World Cups -- and was also selected to referee at three Olympic Games in '04, '08 and '12.
"Kari has played a key role in the growth of women's soccer in the United States over the past 15 years, and her dedication to her craft has always been admirable," U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said in a statement.
The game will be telecast on NBC Sports (10:30 a.m. PT).
Seitz' work in three women's domestic leagues (WPS, WUSA, NPSL) and Major League Soccer further distinguish her as the perhaps the most prolific referee in the U.S. Soccer history.
"She will always be a role model for young referees and we want to thank her for her tremendous work on behalf of U.S. Soccer and the women's game, both domestically and internationally," Gulati said.
Seitz, 42, was a youth referee at 14 and earned her FIFA badge in 1999.
She owns and directs OMD, and advertising agency in San Francisco.