Women are breaking barriers on the collegiate football field and may soon do it under the bright lights of the NFL.
Four female officials will work a game between Division two schools Miles and Lane.
The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference bills Thursday night's game as the first time a mostly female officiating crew has worked any NCAA game.
The league says the NFL 's director of football officials David Coleman and director of recruiting Ron Baynes will attend the game to evaluate the officials' performance.
All four, who will work with former NFL player umpire Terry Killens, have risen through the NFL Officiating Development Program.
There are currently no female officials in the NFL but that could change next year. Sarah Thomas is expected to break the gender barrier possibly as early as next season.
Thomas is one 21 officials who are in the the NFL's higher-level training pool. When a position comes open, the NFL will bump someone up from that group.