FIFA WC: France's Stephanie to become first female referee at men's World Cup game

Story by  ATV | Posted by  Nakul Shivani • 2 Months ago
Stephanie Frappart

Al Khor (Qatar)

History will be made when Costa Rica face Germany on December 1 at the Al Bayt Stadium when France's Stephanie Frappart will become the first woman in the history of the FIFA World Cup to referee a finals match in the men's tournament.

Frappart, who will be the first woman to referee a men's World Cup match, will be joined by assistant referees Neuza Back of Brazil and Mexico's Karen Diaz Medina for the crucial Group E game on Thursday.

However, it will not be the first time the 38-year-old French referee has written her name into football history. Frappart was also the first woman to referee a Ligue 1 and UEFA Champions League game.

"The men's World Cup is the most important sporting competition in the world. I was the first referee in France and in Europe, so I know how to deal with it," Frappart said in an official statement released by

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Before the World Cup, Pierluigi Collina, chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee, said of the three female referees at the World Cup: "They were not selected because they are women but as FIFA referees. They could officiate any game."