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

Stephanie Frappart became the first woman to referee a men’s World Cup in Mexico’s Group C against Poland on Tuesday.

Frappart was one of three women to feature on the list of referees for the World Cup in Qatar – the first time female referees will feature at FIFA’s flagship tournament.

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The French referee was the fourth official for Mexico-Poland at the 974 stadium, making history.

Frappart has already innovated as a female referee. She became the first woman to referee a Men’s Champions League match in 2020 when she took charge of Juventus’ game against Dynamo Kyiv.

She also took charge of Ligue 1, Europa League, Men’s World Cup qualifiers and the UEFA Super Cup final between Chelsea and Liverpool in 2019.

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