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 clash between Mexico and Poland.
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.
Frappart, 38, was also the first woman to officiate a men’s Champions League game in 2020. She has been on the FIFA International Referees List since 2009
“It’s really amazing. I’ve seen some of these female referees over the years officiating and to see them at a men’s world cup for the first time in 92 years,
it’s a good story and an inspiration for young girls who want to seek careers in football,” said Usher Komugisha, one of Al Jazeera’s football analysts.