During the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup in Qatar, female referees will be used for the first time in the tournament’s history.
FIFA released the matchday officials for the game on Thursday, which includes three female referees and a total of six women.
The 36 referees include Stephanie Frappart, Salima Mukansanga, and Yoshimi Yamashita. The assistant referees are Neuza Back, Karen Diaz Medina, and Kathryn Nesbitt.
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“As always, quality comes first,” said Pierluigi Collina, chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee. “The selected match officials represent the highest level of refereeing worldwide.” “The 2018 World Cup was a huge success, thanks in part to the great calibre of referees, and we’ll do everything we can to improve in a few months in Qatar.”
In the future, Collina hopes that the presence of female match officials “will be viewed as something usual and not as sensational.”
In December 2020, Frappart made history by being the first woman to officiate a men’s UEFA Champions League match. She made history again in April when she was selected the referee for the French Cup final.
Mukansanga is a pioneer in Africa as well. After competing in the Olympics and the Women’s World Cup, she became the first woman to work an Africa Cup of Nations match in January.
Yamashita was part of the AFC Cup’s first all-female officiating crew in 2019 and also worked the Women’s World Cup.
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