Female Referees To Officiate At Men's World Cup For The First Time In History







For the first time in history, female referees will officiate at a men's World Cup.


In a landmark moment for the sport, FIFA have announced that the 2022 tournament in Qatar will include three female referees and three assistant referees.


The decision has received overwhelming praise from the wider football community





"This concludes a long process that began several years ago with the deployment of female referees at FIFA men's junior and senior tournaments," chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee Pierluigi Collina said.


"In this way, we clearly emphasise that it is quality that counts for us and not gender. I would hope that in the future, the selection of elite women's match officials for important men's competitions will be perceived as something normal and no longer as sensational.


"They deserve to be at the FIFA World Cup because they constantly perform at a really high level, and that's the important factor for us."
Stephanie Frappart is perhaps the most well-known of the officials, having become the first woman to referee a Champions League game.
She's joined by Rwandan Salima Mukansanga, who is the first female to referee an Africa Cup of Nations match, and Japanese official Yoshimi Yamashita who was the first woman referee to take charge of an AFC Champions League clash and comes with plenty of experience having officiated the women's World Cup.
Meanwhile, the assistant referees consist of Neuza Back (Brazil), Kathryn Nesbitt (USA) and Karen Diaz Medina (Mexico).
The 2018 World Cup in Russia was the first time fans were subject to the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

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