Who are the three female referees selected to officiate at the 2022 Men’s World Cup?


FIFA has announced that three female referees will officiate for the first time this year in Qatar in a men’s World Cup final.

Stephanie Frappart of France, Salima Mukansanga of Rwanda and Yoshimi Yamashita of Japan have been selected from FIFA’s official list of 36 referees for the tournament, which begins on November 21.

There are also three women among the 69 assistant referees – Neuza Back from Brazil, Mexico’s Karen Diaz Medina and Kathryn Nesbitt from the United States.

Here, the PA news agency takes a look at the female referees who will take charge of Qatar.

Stephanie Frappart

Referee Stephanie Frappart gives Liverpool's Jordan Henderson a yellow card

Stéphanie Frappart took charge of the 2019 UEFA Super Cup match between Liverpool and Chelsea in Istanbul

The 38-year-old has been on FIFA’s list of international referees since 2009, becoming the first female official for a Ligue 1 game in April 2019 for Amiens against Strasbourg.

Frappart was appointed to captain the 2019 Women’s World Cup final between the United States and the Netherlands and then the men’s UEFA Super Cup match when Liverpool faced Chelsea in Istanbul in August.

In December 2020, she became the first woman to referee a men’s UEFA Champions League game when she took charge of Juventus against Dynamo Kyiv.

She broke new ground again in March 2021 when she refereed a men’s World Cup qualifier between the Netherlands and Latvia, then was also responsible for Northern Ireland’s 4-1 win over Lithuania in September of the same year.

Yoshimi Yamashita

After officiating at the 2019 Women’s World Cup, Yamashita also served as a referee at the delayed 2020 Summer Olympics in her home country.

In May 2021, 36-year-old Yamashita made history as the first female referee of a J League match in a third division match between YSCC Yokohama and Tegevajaro Miyazaki.

The 36-year-old took charge of matches at the 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup and in April became the first female referee in an AFC Champions League tie while that Melbourne City beat South Korean team Jeonnam Dragons.

Salima Mukansanga

The 33-year-old became the first female referee in the Africa Cup of Nations final when in January she took charge of the group game between Zimbabwe and Guinea, which saw a team of all-female referees.

Mukansanga – who holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing and midwifery from Gitwe University – was the referee in the 2016 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations final between Cameroon and Nigeria.

She also has experience of the 2019 CAF Women’s Champions League and Women’s World Cup as well as the 2020 Olympics, when she took charge of Great Britain’s 2-0 victory over the Chile in Sapporo.


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