Stephanie Frappart, for the first time a woman referee at a World Cup

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In the world of men’s football, for years, Stephanie Frappart she is the first woman. She has been refereeing since she was 13 years old, in 2014 she was the first woman ever to referee a professional men’s soccer match, she made it to the top men’s league in France and, in 2020, she became the first woman referee in Champions League. She now she breaks down another wall. She will be the first woman to referee in the history of the men’s soccer World Cup.

After more than a week of waiting, the designation has arrived: the match is Costa Rica-Germany, from group E, which will be played on Thursday 1 December. Stephanie Frappart is one of three female referees in the group of 36 referees. So far none had been chosen to take the field. She and the other two colleagues have so far only had the role of fourth official in the match. The other two are Japanese Yamashita Yoshimi and Rwandan Salima Mukansanga. Brazilian Neuza Back, Mexican Karen Diaz Medina and American Kathryn Nesbitt are among the 69 assistant referees. The first two will be on the field with Frappart.

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Born in the Department of Val-d’Oise, on December 14, 1983, is the director in the administrative department of the FSGT, the sports-leisure federation of Paris. She will be on the field for a match directed entirely by women. “This is proof that quality matters, not genre. I hope the appointment of elite female referees for important men’s competitions will soon be no longer a sensation but a matter of course,” said the FIFA chief referee, Pierluigi Collina.

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