June 30, 2022

Women referees to officiate men’s FIFA World Cup for the first time

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For the first time in the history of the tournament, FIFA World Cup 2022 will feature women referees to officiate the men’s football competition. Stephanie Frappart, Yoshimi Yamashita, and Salima Mukansanga are three of the 36 referees that have been announced for the tournament, along with three female assistant referees. We have the latest Asian bookies soccer contents here! 

“As always, the criteria we have used is ‘quality first’ and the selected match officials represent the highest level of refereeing worldwide,” said the chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee, Pierluigi Collina. “The 2018 World Cup was very successful, partly because of the high standard of refereeing, and we will do our best to be even better in a few months in Qatar.” Read more for football betting tips

The trio will be joined by Neuza Back, Karen Díaz Medina and Kathryn Nesbitt. Among the female officials mentioned, the French international Frappart is the most notable as she previously made history by being  the first woman to referee men in the Champions League and World Cup qualifiers, and more recently the final of the French Cup. She took charge of the 2019 Women’s World Cup final.

Meanwhile, Japanese official Yamashita became the first female referee to officiate Asia’s AFC Champions League, while Mukansanga led an all-female officiating team at the men’s Africa Cup of Nations this year and the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. “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,” Collina added. 

The rest of the referee list includes Premier League duo Anthony Taylor and Michael Oliver, with Clement Turpin, who will officiate this month’s Champions League final, also included. Janny Sikazwe, who blew the final whistle at an African Cup group match after 85 minutes, is also part of the list. FIFA has also selected 24 men to work on VAR.  

“Each match official will be carefully monitored in the next months with a final assessment on technical, physical and medical aspects to be made shortly before the World Cup, in order to have them in the best conditions when the ball starts rolling in Qatar,” said FIFA’s Director of Refereeing, Massimo Busacca. “We can’t eliminate all mistakes, but we will do everything we can to reduce them.”

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