FIFA World Cup First Female Referee At Men’s World Cup Game Stephanie Frappart

News Nation Bureau , Edited By: Nihar Saxena , Updated on: 30 Nov 2022, 07:10:59 PM

Stephanie will be the first woman to referee a men’s match at the FIFA World Cup. (Photo Credit: News Nation)


  • Stéphanie Frappert to become first female referee at FIFA World Cup in Qatar
  • Along with two women assistant referees in the Germany-Costa Rica match on Thursday
  • Historical achievements have been recorded in Stephanie Frappert’s account even before this

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The ongoing FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar is creating history in many ways. The controversy over the hosting rights issue and the new allegations of enforcement and propagation of Islamic law are in the headlines more than the football game itself. One Love Band, amid the ban on beer, clothing guidelines are more talked about than sports. Although some good things are also attached. For example, the FIFA World Cup (FIFA WC) is being held for the first time in a country in West Asia. That too the Islamic country has become its host for the first time. Now another such good news will be recorded in Football World Cup history on Thursday, December 1, when France’s Stéphanie Frappert will take the field as a referee in the match between Costa Rica and Germany. She will be the first female referee in the men’s tournament in FIFA World Cup history. Stephanie will be accompanied by Brazil’s Nuja Back and Mexico’s Karen Diaz as assistant referees.

Qatar World Cup has a total of half a dozen women referees
Although this will not be the first time that the 38-year-old French referee will register his name in football history. Frappert was also the first woman to referee a Ligue 1 and UEFA Champions League game. “The men’s FIFA World Cup is the most important sporting event in the world,” Frappard said in a statement issued by FIFA. I was the first referee in France and Europe, so I know how to discharge this responsibility. It is worth mentioning that before the Qatar World Cup, the chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee, Pierluigi Collina, had said about the three women referees in the World Cup, ‘They were not chosen because they are women. As a FIFA referee, she can officiate any match. It is noteworthy that Salima Mukansanga of Rwanda and Yoshimi Yamashita of Japan are the other two out of three female referees in the roster of 36 referees in Qatar FIFA World Cup. Three assistant women referees have also been selected to support them.

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Stephanie’s other achievements
The name of this referee of French origin is already recorded in history. Frappert has already created history in this tournament by becoming the first female official in a men’s World Cup match. She was the fourth official in the goalless draw match between Mexico and Poland last Tuesday. Stéphanie Frappert made history in March 2021 by becoming the first woman to officiate in a men’s World Cup qualifier, presiding over the Netherlands’ 2-0 win over Latvia in Amsterdam. In December 2020, Stéphanie Frappert made history as the first female official to oversee a men’s Champions League match after Italian champions Juventus beat Ukrainian club Dynamo Kyiv 3–0 in the group stage in Turin. He also served as a FIFA official at the Super Cup game between Liverpool and Chelsea in 2019 and the US vs Netherlands Women’s World Cup final in the same year.

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Costa Rica-Germany is an important match of the group stage
The Costa Rica vs Germany match to be played on Thursday is very important in the remaining matches of the group-stage. Germany are last in Group E and need to win tomorrow’s match to make it to the Round of 16 of the Qatar World Cup 2022. Unlike Germany, Costa Rica needs at least a draw to advance to the next stage. However, till the final result comes, both the teams will have to wait for the match between Spain and Japan. As soon as the referee was announced, Stephanie Frappert created a storm on social media. Many football fans have applauded FIFA for this ‘historic’ move. Under the guise of Stephanie, social media users have expressed their anger on Qatar as well. A Twitter user wrote, ‘But Qatar does not respect women’s rights.’ Another wrote, ‘Qatar is killing the game.’

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First Published : 30 Nov 2022, 07:09:59 PM

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