Stéphanie Frappart continues to write the history of arbitration. The 38-year-old French woman, the first woman to referee a match in Ligue 1, in the international men’s competition (League of Nations) and in the Champions League, was named one of the 36 selected referees for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar on Thursday. . † FIFA announced the list this Thursday at the beginning of the afternoon.
It is the first time in the history of the competition that FIFA has selected female referees. Frappart will not be the only one, as two other chief referees have been appointed, the Rwandan Salima Mukansanga and the Japanese Yoshimi Yamashita, as well as as many assistants: Neuza Back (Brazil), Karen Diaz Medina (Mexico) and Kathryn Nesbitt (United States).
“We are excited to count them […] in the contingent of referees […]† Their appointment is the culmination of a long process that began several years ago, which began with the appointment of female referees for some FIFA senior and men’s men’s competitions.said Pierluigi Collina, the chairman of the refereeing committee in a press release† With this we want to show that the quality of referees has nothing to do with gender. I hope that in the future the presence of female referees in top-level men’s competitions will become the rule rather than the exception. The selected referees deserve to be included in the list for the World Cup because they have been delivering high flyers for several years. That’s what counts for us.”†
Six French referees at the whistle
In addition to Stéphanie Frappart, other French referees will also take part in the competition, which will be held from November 21 to December 18. Clément Turpin, who will referee the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid on May 28 at the Stade de France, has also been appointed as head referee. Nicolas Danos and Cyril Gringore are also, as assistants. Finally, Jérôme Brisart and Benoit Millot are among the 24 selected for video assistance.
“As usual, quality was the main criterion in our selection. Our roster simply matches the best in the world in arbitration. The fact that the 2018 World Cup was a great success is partly due to the quality of the arbitration, which we want to improve even more during the competition in Qatar.”said Colina.
The first preparatory seminars for the selected referees are scheduled for the beginning of the summer, in Asunción (Paraguay), Madrid (Spain) and Doha (Qatar). In particular, they will investigate match sequences.