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Who We Are – News – Next landmark in refereeing: FIFA World Cup qualifiers officiated by female referees for first time

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Who We Are - News - Next landmark in refereeing: FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers officiated by female referees for first time
  • France’s Stéphanie Frappart and Ukraine’s Kateryna Monzul shall be first ladies to take cost of FIFA World Cup qualifiers
  • Two Mexican female match officers have been on obligation for first-spherical encounter in Concacaf qualifying earlier this week
  • Next large landmark in refereeing after Edina Alves Batista’s appointment for FIFA Club World Cup™ in February this 12 months

Stéphanie Frappart and Kateryna Monzul are set to turn into the first female match officers to take cost of males’s FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers. Frappart will referee the match between the Netherlands and Latvia in Amsterdam on 27 March, whereas Monzul, for her half, will oversee the encounter between Austria and the Faroe Islands in Vienna on 28 March.

“Although they already had some matches in important men’s competitions under their belts, officiating a FIFA World Cup qualifier for the first time is special and is something to be very proud of. They have worked very hard in recent years and these appointments are recognition for the good job that they have done,” commented Pierluigi Collina, the chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee.

The appointment of female match officers for these excessive-stakes males’s World Cup qualifiers is one other milestone on the trail set by FIFA, in collaboration with the confederations, to additional the event of female refereeing. Recently, on the FIFA Club World Cup 2020™ in Qatar, the Brazilian referee Edina Alves Batista and the 2 assistant referees Neuza Back and Mariana de Almeida impressed with their performances and confirmed that high quality, not gender, is what actually issues.

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Frappart has skilled quite a lot of profession highlights in the final two years. In 2019, for instance, she had the privilege of refereeing the ultimate of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ between the USA and the Netherlands in her native France. She has additionally gained useful expertise in males’s matches in main continental competitions, and is an integral a part of the refereeing crew in the French males’s prime flight, Ligue 1.

Monzul, who oversaw the ultimate of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™, not solely referees matches in the Ukrainian males’s Premier League, however can be incessantly referred to as upon to officiate in European membership and nationwide-crew competitions.

Kateryna Monzul

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Mexican and American female match officers additionally made their mark in the opening rounds of Concacaf World Cup qualifying this window.

History was already made throughout Suriname’s 3-0 win over the Cayman Islands on Wednesday, when Karen Díaz Medina (assistant referee) and Francia González (fourth official) have been on obligation with referee Jorge Antonio Pérez Durán and assistant referee Andrés Hernández Delgado in the Surinamese capital of Paramaribo. In the method, Díaz Medina and González turned the first female match officers to work a males’s World Cup qualifier in the Concacaf area.

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Furthermore, three female assistant referees (Kathryn Nesbitt, Jennifer Garner and Brooke Mayo) and one female fourth official (Tori Penso) from the USA shall be officiating numerous World Cup qualifying matches in the Concacaf area this week. 

“FIFA will continue to champion the development of female refereeing and I’m confident that the appointment of female match officials to men’s games will be absolutely commonplace in the future,” underlined Collina.

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