Qatar 2022 has made history after FIFA agreed to women being referees at the first men’s FIFA World Cup. Three of the 36 referees that have been selected to take charge of games at the tournament are women.
The three women that were selected include France’s Stephanie Frappart, Salima Mukansanga from Rwanda and Japan’s Yoshimi Yamashita. Indeed, this is a bold step forward and it’s not just about gender but rather quality.
Brazil’s Neuza Back, Mexico’s Karen Diaz Medina and American Kathryn Nesbitt have been included in the 69 assistant referees.
“We are very happy that … we have been able to call up female match officials for the first time in the history of a FIFA World Cup,” said FIFA Referees Committee chairman Pierluigi Collina. “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.”
All match officials for the finals will participate in early summer seminars in Asuncion, Madrid and Doha.
“We can’t eliminate all mistakes, but we will do everything we can to reduce them,” said Massimo Busacca, FIFA’s Director of Refereeing.
Looking at the female referee roster picked for the World Cup finals, Stephanie Frappart is arguably the most high-profile of the trio. She took charge of the 2019 Women’s World Cup final, before refereeing the UEFA Super Cup between Liverpool and Chelsea later that year.
In December 2020, Frappart became the first woman to referee in the men’s UEFA Champions League when she oversaw a 3-0 win for Juventus against Dynamo Kyiv.
It is quality that counts and not gender as 3 women referees are selected for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar
Aside from Frappart, we also have Japanese official Yoshimi Yamashita who also made Champions League history. She was the first female referee ever to take charge of a match in Asia’s AFC Champions League earlier this year.
Africa was also able to grab a spot after Salima Mukansanga from Rwanda was picked for the FIFA World Cup. The 2022 World Cup will be Mukansanga’s second major men’s international tournament in less than 12 months. She also led an all-female officiating team at the Africa Cup of Nations in January when Zimbabwe met Guinea on the group stage.
Three of the 69 assistant referees who have been called up are also female. They are Brazil’s Neuza Back, Mexico’s Karen Diaz Medina and the USA’s Kathryn Nesbitt.
Two of the 36 main match referees will come from England’s Premier League in the form of Michael Oliver and Anthony Taylor. Meanwhile, Major League Soccer will be represented by 40-year-old Ismail Elfath.
Which Referees Will Take Charge Of Games At Qatar 2022 World Cup?
- Ivan Barton
- Chris Beath
- Raphael Claus
- Matthew Conger
- Ismail Elfath
- Mario Escobar
- Facundo Tello
- Alireza Faghani
- Stephanie Frappart
- Bakary Gassama
- Mustapha Ghorbal
- Victor Gomes
- Abdulrahman Al-Jassim
- Istvan Kovacs
- Ma Ning
- Danny Makkelie
- Szymon Marciniak
- Maguette N’Diaye
- Andres Matias Matonte Cabrera
- Said Martinez
- Antonio Mateu Lahoz
- Mohammed Abdulla Hassan Mohamed
- Salima Mukansanga
- Kevin Ortega
- Michael Oliver
- Daniele Orsato
- Cesar Arturo Ramos
- Fernando Rapallini
- Wilton Sampaio
- Daniel Siebert
- Janny Sikazwe
- Anthony Taylor
- Clement Turpin
- Jesus Valenzuela
- Slavko Vincic
- Yoshimi Yamashita
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