Stephanie Frappart, a French official has become the first female referee to officiate in a FIFA men’s World Cup game.
Gatekeepers News reports that Frappart made history after she was selected to handle the proceedings of the Group G match between Germany and Costa Rica at the Qatar 2022 edition.
The Thursday match which played at the Al Bayt stadium, was also the first with an all-female officiating crew that includes Brazil’s Neuza Back and Karen Diaz Medina of Mexico as assistant referees.
Frappart had written her name in the history book after she was selected as the fourth official for the goalless draw between Mexico and Poland on November 22.
FIFA earlier named some female referees on its list of 36 for the 2022 World Cup Campaign.
The French official made the list alongside Salima Mukansanga of Rwanda and Yoshimi Yamashita.
The French official was also the first female referee to handle a major men’s European match when she officiated the 2019 UEFA Super Cup between Liverpool and Chelsea.
She became the first female official to take charge of a men’s Champions League match when Juventus defeated Dynamo Kyiv 3-0 in the group stage in Turin in 2020.
In 2021, Frappart also became the first female referee to take charge of a men’s World Cup qualifier as the Netherlands beat Latvia 2-0 in Amsterdam.