For the first time in World Cup history female referees will officiate
Stephanie Frappart, Salima Mukansanga, and Yoshimi Yamashita will be the first female officials in a men's World Cup.
Female refs will be used for the first time in the existence of the men's World Cup in 2022.
The roster of 36 referees, 69 assistant referees, and 24 VAR officials for the event, which will be placed in Qatar in November and December, was released by FIFA on Thursday.
Stephanie Frappart, Salima Mukansanga, and Yoshimi Yamashita are three female referees, while Neuza Back, Kathryn Nesbitt, and Karen Diaz Medina are three assistant referees.
Frappart has officiated at the highest level of European football, being the first female to officiate aChampions League
match and European Championship qualifications, as well asLigue 1
Yamashita was the first woman to oversee an AFC Champions League game, while Mukansanga was the first woman to oversee an Africa Cup of Nations fixture.
Head of the FIFA Referees Committee
"We are very happy that with Stephanie Frappart from France, Salima Mukansanga from Rwanda and Yoshimi Yamashita from Japan, as well as assistant referees Neuza Back from Brazil, Karen Diaz Medina from Mexico and Kathryn Nesbitt from the USA, we have been able to call up female match officials for the first time in the history of a FIFA World Cup.
"This concludes a long process that began several years ago with the deployment of female referees at FIFA men's junior and senior tournaments.
"In this way, we clearly emphasise that it is quality that counts for us and not gender. I would hope that in the future, the selection of elite women's match officials for important men's competitions will be perceived as something normal and no longer as sensational.
"They deserve to be at the FIFA World Cup because they constantly perform at a really high level, and that's the important factor for us."
The referee crew also includesPremier League
refs Michael Oliver and Anthony Taylor.
"As always, the criteria we have used is 'quality first' and the selected match officials represent the highest level of refereeing worldwide," Collina added.
"The 2018 World Cup was very successful, partly because of the high standard of refereeing, and we will do our best to be even better in a few months in Qatar.
"The pandemic affected our activities, in particular in 2020 and at the beginning of 2021. Luckily, the World Cup was still quite far, and we had enough time to provide the candidates with good preparation.
"We are announcing these selections well in advance as we want to work even harder with all those who have been appointed for the FIFA World Cup, monitoring them in the next months.
"The message is clear: don't rest on your laurels, keep working hard and prepare yourselves very seriously for the World Cup."
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