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Stéphanie Frappart to become first female referee at men’s World Cup game

Stéphanie Frappart to become first female referee at men’s World Cup game

30 Nov 2022

The French referee Stéphanie Frappart will lead the first all-female officiating team for a men’s World cup match when she takes charge of Costa Rica v Germany.

Frappart, who will be the first woman to referee a men’s World Cup match, will be joined by assistant referees Neuza Back of Brazil and Mexico’s Karen Díaz Medina for the crucial Group E game on Thursday, Fifa announced on Tuesday.

Frappart featured as the fourth official during Mexico’s goalless draw with Poland in Group C. Two other referees – Rwanda’s Salima Mukansanga and Yamashita Yoshimi of Japan – were also included in Fifa’s pool of World Cup officials. Along with Back and Díaz Medina, US official Kathryn Nesbitt was also called up as an assistant.

Before the tournament began, Frappart said she hoped the inclusion of female referees in Qatar would “make things happen” on a broader level. “It’s a strong sign from Fifa and the authorities to have women referees in that country,” she said.