The A-League is set to join the NRL and AFL with the first female referee appointed to the league's match official panel.

Kate Jacewicz, an eight-time W-League referee of the year, is one of two new names added to the league's referees panel for the 2019-20 season along with Ben Abraham.

Her appointment follows in the footsteps of the AFL's first female field umpire Eleni Glouftsis and NRL referee Belinda Sharpe, who became the first woman referee in a professional rugby league match earlier this year.

Jacewicz's most recent assignment was refereeing two matches at this year's Women's World Cup in France, and FFA chairman Chris Nikou said the 34-year-old more than had the credentials to referee in the A-League.

"Kate is without doubt one of the leading referees in the world at any level," Nikou said.

Jacewicz's appointment comes after Stephanie Frappart refereed the European Super Cup clash between Liverpool and Chelsea a fortnight ago.