History maker! Stephanie Frappart continues to break new ground, becoming the first woman EVER to referee a men’s World Cup qualifier after taking charge of the Netherlands’ 2-0 win over Latvia.
- Stephanie Frappart is the first woman to referee a World Cup men’s qualifier
- The referee took charge of the 2-0 victory of the Netherlands over Latvia on Saturday evening
- She also became the first woman to referee a Champions League match for men
- In 2019, she took charge of Liverpool’s UEFA Super Cup victory over Chelsea
Stephanie Frappart became the first woman to be a referee for a men’s World Cup qualifier when the official took charge of the Netherlands’ victory over Latvia on Saturday.
It is not the first time that Frappart has made history with the Frenchwoman becoming the first female referee to lead a Champions League match for men in December.
She handed out four yellow cards in the 90 minutes, but there was little controversy during the game, as the goals of Steven Berghuis and Luuk de Jong ensured a comfortable victory for Frank de Boer’s team.
Stephanie Frappart became the first woman to referee a World Cup men’s qualifier
The French official took charge of the 2-0 victory of the Netherlands over Latvia on Saturday-evening
There was little controversy during the 90 minutes when Frappart issued four yellow cards
Prior to the match, the Dutch players had worn t-shirts to protest the human rights record held by World Cup hosts Qatar, along with Norway and Germany who had carried out similar protests.
Frappart was also the first woman to take charge of a major European final when she led the 2019 UEFA Super Cup match between Liverpool and Chelsea – 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 regularly took charge of matches in Ligue 1 – France’s top flight for men.
Ukrainian referee Kateryna Monzul will follow in Frappart’s footsteps when she takes charge of the qualifying match between Austria and the Faroe Islands on Sunday.
Frappart previously took charge of a men’s Champions League match and the UEFA Super Cup final between Liverpool and Chelsea
Ukrainian referee Kateryna Monzul will take charge of the qualifying match between Austria and the Faroe Islands on Sunday.
Former referee Pierluigi Collina is the chair of the FIFA Referees Committee and oversees the appointment of match officials.
Collinsa told the FIFA website that Frappart and Monzul had fully deserved their chance to take charge of the qualifiers.
“Although they’ve already had a number of matches in major men’s competitions, running a FIFA World Cup qualifier for the first time is special and something to be very proud of,” he said.
‘They have worked very hard in recent years and these appointments are a recognition of the good work they have done.
“FIFA will remain committed to the development of female referees and I am sure that the appointment of female match officials in men’s games will be absolutely commonplace in the future.”