2022 FIFA World Cup Will Make History With All-Female Refereeing Crew

Stéphanie Frappart, Neuza Again and Karen Diaz will take cost of Thursday’s Group E match between Costa Rica and Germany as the primary all-female refereeing trio in males’s World Cup historical past, FIFA announced on Tuesday.

Frappart will make her males’s World Cup debut as the principle referee after serving because the fourth official in a Group C match between Mexico and Poland final week.

The 38-year-old French referee is not any stranger to record-breaking feats. She made historical past as the primary girl to referee a males’s World Cup qualifying match, a males’s Champions League match in 2020, and this yr’s French Cup last match. She was additionally head referee within the 2019 Ladies’s World Cup last for FIFA.

“The men’s World Cup is the most important sporting competition in the world. I was the first [female] referee in France and in Europe, so I know how to deal with it,” Frappart stated, referring to her Champions League and French Cup participation.

Neuza Again, of Brazil, and Mexico’s Karen Diaz Medina will probably be aiding Frappart within the match.

“They were not selected because they are women, but as FIFA referees,” Pierluigi Collina, chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee, stated of the three referees earlier than the World Cup. “They could officiate any game.”

A fourth feminine match official, Kathryn Nesbitt of the US, will probably be working on the Al Bayt Stadium because the offside specialist within the video evaluate group.

Two different girls, Salima Mukansanga of Rwanda and Yoshimi Yamashita of Japan, are within the pool of FIFA’s 36 referees to supervise video games in Qatar.

The group stage of the 2022 World Cup ends on December 2, and 16 groups will advance to the knockout bracket.

4-time World Cup winner Germany is on the backside of Group E and must beat Costa Rica to have any hope of advancing to the spherical of 16. The match is about to happen on Thursday, Dec. 1 on the Al Bayt Stadium in Qatar.

The beginning 11 of the German nationwide soccer group are photographed protesting FIFA’s ban on captain Manuel Neuer carrying the rainbow “OneLove” armband in Qatar.

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The 2022 World Cup has been mired in controversy ever since 2010, when Qatar was chosen because the host, as a result of nation’s human rights document and the truth that homosexuality is outlawed there. Lately, FIFA threatened to penalize Germany and 6 different European nations if its gamers wore rainbow-printed “OneLove” armbands to help LGBTQ rights in Qatar. Gamers who break the foundations will get yellow playing cards in the course of the event.

Germany’s gamers protested the brand new coverage by protecting their mouths for the group photograph earlier than their World Cup opening match towards Japan on Wednesday. In the meantime, U.Okay. Sports activities Minister Stuart Andrew wore the OneLove armband throughout England’s World Cup match towards Wales on Wednesday. Equally, a protester ran onto the sector waving a rainbow flag throughout Monday night time’s match between Portugal and Uruguay.