Meet the 3 Female Referees Set to Make History As First Women to Officiate at Qatar 2022 World Cup

Meet the 3 Female Referees Set to Make History As First Women to Officiate at Qatar 2022 World Cup

  • For the first time ever, female referees have been chosen to officiate matches at the FIFA men's World Cup in Qatar
  • Yamashita Yoshimi, Salima Mukansanga, and Stephanie Frappart have been selected by the World governing body to officiate in Qatar 2022
  • The 3 female referees have all been named among the 36 referees selected for the tournament that begins on November 20

The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar is set to break the record books for female referees at football’s biggest competition when it kicks off on November 20.

Three female referees have been selected by the global football body to officiate matches at the Mundial, which marks the first-time women have been allowed to referee matches at the Men’s World Cup. female referees have been selected by the global football body to officiate matches at the Mundial, which marks the first-time women have been allowed to referee matches at the Men’s World Cup.

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Yamashita Yoshimi, Salima Mukansanga, and Stephanie Frappart will make history as the first women to officiate a men's World Cup tournament. Photo by Quality Sport Images/Visionhaus/Alex Grimm
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According to Olympics official website, Yamashita Yoshimi, Salima Mukansanga, and Stephanie Frappart have all been named among the 36 referees selected for the tournament that begins on November 20.

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Neuza Back from Brazil, Karen Diaz Medina from Mexico, and Kathryn Nesbitt from the United States also represent the community of female referees who are among the 69 assistant referees that will travel to the World Cup.

Here, Sports Brief brings to you all that you need to know about FIFA's trailblazing officiating trio.

Yamashita Yoshimi

After presiding over the 2019 Women's World Cup in France, Yamashita Yomishi, a Japanese referee, is scheduled to take the field for the Men’s 2022 FIFA World Cup.

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Yamashita Yoshimi is relishing the opportunity to be part of history and is ready to officiate at Qatar 2022. Photo by Alex Grimm
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Additionally, she oversaw a match between the United States and Sweden at the 2020 Olympic Games, which were held in 2021.

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Well-respected in Asia, Yamashita became the first female official to officiate in the J1 League, as she was on the whistle for FC Tokyo's 2-0 victory over Kyoto Sanga and Melbourne City's 2-1 victory over Jeonnam Dragons in the AFC Champions League.

Salima Mukansanga

Rwandan referee Salima Mukansanga has been officiating for FIFA since 2012.

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Salima Mukansanga will become the first Rwandan referee to officiate at a World Cup. Photo by Visionhaus
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Mukansanga is no stranger to the world stage as she has officiated at the 2019 Women's World Cup, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, and the men's Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year.

Mukansanga feels delighted to be among history makers at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar as she says officiating at the World Cup is every referee’s dream.

Stephanie Frappart

One of the most recognizable names on the roster of officials for the next World Cup is probably French official Stephanie Frappart.

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Stephanie Frappart has won the IFFHS World's Best Woman Referee award three years on the bounce from 2019. Photo by Quality Sport Images
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The 38-year-old has achieved numerous firsts throughout her career, and in Qatar she will continue to pave new ground.

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Frappart officiated in her maiden final in 2019 at the World Cup in France and afterward served as the referee for the UEFA Super Cup final.

In 2020, Frappart became the first woman to take charge of a men's Champions League match. A year later, she would also lead the way as Atletico Madrid faced Chelsea in a second leg round of 16 tie in the women's UCL.

Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema Lead France’s Squad

Earlier, Sports Brief reported Didier Deschamps has officially unveiled his team that will defend the World Cup title in Qatar.

As expected, the French squad is star-studded, with top talent like Kylian Mbappe, Karim Benzema and Antoinne Griezmann headlining the squad.

France beat Croatia in the 2018 World Cup final in Russia and will be hoping lightning can strike twice in Qatar. Les Bleus face Australia, Tunisia and Denmark in group stage action.

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