Who Are 6 Female Referees for the First Time at World Cup 2022
Stephanie Frappart is one of the most famous female referees in world football

The first time a female referee appeared at the Men's World Cup.

This is a breakthrough in gender equality rights in football. France's Stephanie Frappart, Rwanda's Salima Mukansanga and Japan's Yoshimi Yamashita are among the 36 referees assigned to start some matches at the 2022 World Cup.

In addition, Neuza Back of Brazil, Karen Diaz Medina of Mexico and Kathryn Nesbitt of the US will act as assistant referees.

A total of 69 male and female referees and assistants will rotate on duty on Qatari soil later this year.

List of female referees who will be officiating at the World Cup

1.Stephanie Frappart: France – Referee

2.Salima Mukansanga: Rwanda – Referee

3.Yoshimi Yamashita: Japan – Referee

4.Neuza Back: Brazil – Assistant referee

5.Karen Diaz Medina: Mexico – Assistant referee

6.Kathryn Nesbitt: USA – Assistant referee

According to FIFA's chief referee, Pierluigi Collina, the selection was made fairly and without regard to gender.

Collina concluded that the appearance of female referees at the 2022 World Cup is a worthy reward. These female referees continuously show quality at a high level and that is an important factor for FIFA to approve the final shortlist.

Who is Yamashita (Japan) - Female Referees at World Cup 2022

Who Are 6 Female Referees for the First Time at World Cup 2022
Referee Yamashita on duty at the AFC Champions League in April 2022. Photo: Getty Images

Yamashita, 36, has led matches in the J1 League, Women's Asian Cup and Men's AFC Champions League.

“One of the big purposes of the referee is to create the appeal of football. I'm doing my best for that," said Japanese referee Yamashita.

She found her work to be in a way that let the matches shine as usual.

Yamashita's career advanced very quickly. In May 2019, Yamashita broke the gender barrier in Asia when he was assigned to control matches in the framework of the AFC Cup, marking the first time a woman has taken charge of a Football Confederation match. Asian stone. After that, she obtained the Japanese Level 1 referee certification and also became the first female referee to referee at the Japanese national championship J-League. Yamashita also participated in the games at the Tokyo Olympics last year. By April 2022, she became the first woman to lead matches at the AFC Champions League, Asia's leading club-level playground. According to Yamashita, the difference in men's and women's matches is speed. That means the 36-year-old "black king" has to make decisions faster.

The selection of Yamashita to participate in moderating the match at the 2022 World Cup also shows international attention to the low ranking of the country of the Rising Sun in terms of gender equality. Currently, only 14.3% of seats in Japan's National Assembly are held by women, making the country 152 out of 190 countries. Another document on the income gap between men and women ranks Japan at 120/156 countries.

Yamashita admits Japan still has a long way to go to catch up with world football in terms of women's participation, so it would be great if her hosting of the 2022 World Cup could be linked to an increase in the percentage of women. participation of women in many ways, not just in football or sports. The Japanese girls have won the world championship at the 2011 Women's World Cup, won the 2015 Women's World Cup runner-up and are constantly in the group of the strongest teams in the world.

Who is Frappart (French) - Female Referees at World Cup 2022

Among the female referees, Frappart, 38, is a prominent name. In 2019, she took charge of the Women's World Cup final and became the first female referee to control a match in France's Ligue 1, and also refereed the men's European Super Cup match between Liverpool and Chelsea.

In 2020, Frappart was the first female referee on duty in a men's Champions League match. A year later, she took another step forward when taking the whistle in the men's World Cup qualifying match.

Who is Mukansanga (Rwanda) - Female Referees at World Cup 2022

Who Are 6 Female Referees for the First Time at World Cup 2022
Referee Salima Mukansanga (Rwanda)

Mukansanga is on duty in the matches of the Africa Women's Cup of Nations, the Women's CAF Champions League and most recently the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Rwandan referee Salima Mukansanga has been officiating for FIFA since 2012.

But as a young girl, her dream was to play basketball professionally.

"I liked basketball and wanted to take it very seriously," she told.

"But access to basketball infrastructure was hard, that's how I ended up in refereeing, which I have also never regretted."

And that decision has led her to the 2019 Women's World Cup, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, and now Qatar.

Much like Yamashita, she also involved in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics last year.

Mukansanga is no stranger to the world stage, having also taken charge at the men's Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year.

Sshe said: “Officiating at the World Cup is every referee’s dream," and for the trailblazing Rwandan, the dream continues next month.

Full List of Referees at the 2022 Qatar World Cup

  • Abdulrahman Al Jassim – Qatar
  • Ivan Barton – Slovenia
  • Chris Beath – Australia
  • Raphael Claus – Brazil
  • Matthew Conger – New Zealand
  • Ismail Elfath – USA
  • Mario Escobar – Guatemala
  • Alireza Faghani – Iran
  • Bakary Gassama – Gambia
  • Mustapha Ghorbal – Algeria
  • Victor Gomes – South Africa
  • Istvan Kovacs – Romania
  • Ning Ma – China
  • Danny Makkelie – Netherlands
  • Szymon Marciniak – Poland
  • Antonio Mateu – Spain
  • Andres Matias Matonte Cabrera – Uruguay
  • Mohammed Abdulla Mohammed – UAE
  • Maguette N’Diaye – Senegal
  • Michael Oliver – England
  • Daniele Orsato – Italy
  • Kevin Ortega – Peru
  • Cesar Ramos – Mexico
  • Fernando Rapallini – Argentina
  • Wilton Sampaio – Brazil
  • Daniel Siebert – Germany
  • Janny Sikazwe – Zambia
  • Antony Taylor – England
  • Fancundo Tello – Argentina
  • Clement Turpin – France
  • Jesus Valenzuela – Venezuela
  • Slavko Vincic – Slovenia
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