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Super Bowl rookie Vinovich to referee game

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Referee Bill Vinovich will lead the seven- man crew picked to work the Super Bowl, the NFL announced Tuesday.

The game between AFC champion New England and defending Super Bowl champion Seattle will take place Feb. 1 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

Vinovich, umpire Bill Schuster, head linesman Dana McKenzie and back judge Terrence Miles will all officiate their first Super Bowl.

Line judge Mark Perlman will work his third Super Bowl. Side judge Tom Hill and field judge Bob Waggoner both worked with Perlman during Super Bowl XL in 2006, when Seattle lost to Pittsburgh 21-10.

Vinovich is in his ninth season as an NFL game official. He entered the league in 2001 as a side judge and was promoted to referee in 2004. He has officiated five playoff games, including three divisional playoffs, and was the alternate referee for Super Bowl XLVII two years ago.

The NFL mandates that officials must be rated in the top tier at their position to be eligible for the Super Bowl. They must also have at least five years of NFL experience and previous playoff assignments.