Qatar 2022: Female referees will be at the men’s World Cup for the first time

FIFA has selected Stéphanie Frappart (France), Salima Mukansanga (Rwanda) and Yoshimi Yamashita (Japan). Assistant refs Neuza Back (Brazil), Karen Díaz Medina (Mexico), Kathryn Nesbitt (US) also on list.

Stéphanie Frappart (born 14 December 1983) is a French football referee. She has been on the FIFA International Referees List since 2009, and has refereed several high-profile matches.

She became the first woman to referee a major men’s European match and a French Ligue 1 match, both in 2019, and the first woman to officiate a UEFA Champions League match in 2020.

In 2021, Frappart became the first woman to take charge of a men’s World Cup Qualifying match.

She also took charge of the Liverpool v Chelsea UEFA Super Cup Final in 2019.

Salima Mukansanga (born 25 July, 1988) is an International Football referee from Rwanda. She was an official at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. In 2022, She became the first woman to referee at the African Cup of Nations (Zimbabwe v Guinea).

She has officiated at the Olympics, FIFA Women’s World Cup, Africa Women Cup of Nations and CAF Women’s Champions League.

Yoshimi Yamashita (born 20 February 1986) is an international football referee from Japan. She was an official at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. She also refereed at the 2020 Summer Olympics, in the match between the United States and Sweden.

She was in-charge when Nigeria played Germany in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup and also the first woman to referee an Asian men’s Champions League match in April 2022.

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