Frappart becomes first woman EVER to referee World Cup qualifier

History maker! Stephanie Frappart continues to break new ground as she becomes the first woman EVER to referee a men’s World Cup qualifier after taking charge of Holland’s 2-0 win over Latvia

  • Stephanie Frappart is the first woman to referee a men’s World Cup qualifier 
  • The official took charge of Holland’s 2-0 victory over Latvia on Saturday night 
  • She also became the first woman to referee a men’s Champions League game
  • In 2019, she took charge of Liverpool’s UEFA Super Cup victory over Chelsea 

Stephanie Frappart became the first woman to referee a men’s World Cup qualifier as the official took charge of Holland’s victory over Latvia on Saturday.

It is not the first time Frappart has made history with the Frenchwoman becoming the first female referee to officiate a men’s Champions League fixtures in December.

She handed out four yellow cards across the 90 minutes but there was little controversy during the match as Steven Berghuis and Luuk de Jong’s goals ensured a comfortable victory for Frank de Boer’s side. 

Stephanie Frappart became the first woman to referee a men’s World Cup qualifier

The French official took charge of Holland’s 2-0 victory over Latvia on Saturday night

There was little controversy during the 90 minutes with Frappart issuing four yellow cards

Before the game, Holland’s players had worn t-shirts to protetst against the humans rights record of World Cup hosts Qatar, joining Norway and Germany who had made similar protests. 

Frappart was also the first woman to take charge of a major European final when she officiated the UEFA Super Cup match between Liverpool and Chelsea in 2019 – which the Reds won on penalties.

The 37-year-old was also the referee for the Women’s World Cup final earlier that year and she regularly taken charge of games in Ligue 1 – the men’s top flight in France. 

Ukrainian referee Kateryna Monzul will follow in Frappart’s footsteps when she takes charge of the qualifier between Austria and the Faroe Islands on Sunday.

Frappart has previously taken charge of a men’s Champions League game and the UEFA Super Cup final between Liverpool and Chelsea

Ukrainian referee Kateryna Monzul will take charge of the qualifier between Austria and the Faroe Islands on Sunday

Former referee Pierluigi Collina is the chairman of FIFA’s Referees Committee and oversees the appointments of match officials.

Speaking to the FIFA website, Collinsa said Frappart and Monzul fully deserved their opportunity to take charge of the qualifiers. 

‘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,’ he said. 

‘They have worked very hard in recent years and these appointments are recognition for the good job that they have done.

‘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.’




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