Stephanie Frappart becomes first female official at men’s World Cup match

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FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Group C – Mexico v Poland – Stadium 974, Doha, Qatar – November 22, 2022 Fourth Official Stephanie Frappart

DOHA (Reuters) – France’s Stephanie Frappart became the first female official at a men’s World Cup match when she was named the fourth official for Tuesday’s Group C clash between Mexico and Poland at 974 Stadium.

Frappart, Salima Mukansanga of Rwanda and Yamashita Yoshimi of Japan have been named among the tournament’s referees along with three female assistant referees at the global showpiece event in Qatar.

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Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Group F – Belgium v Canada – Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar – November 23, 2022 General view of Belgium’s Eden Hazard with Referees Janny Sikazwe, Assistant Referee 1Jerson Dos Santos, Assistant Referee 2 Arsenio Maringule and Fourth Official Yoshimi Yamashita

Frappart was also the first woman to officiate a men’s Champions League game in 2020.

The 38-year-old has also officiated games in French Ligue 1 and the second-tier Europa League.

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Nov 22, 2022; Al Wakrah, Qatar; FIFA fourth official Salima Mukansanga signals during the first half in a group stage match between France and Australia during the 2022 World Cup at Al Janoub Stadium.