In 1992, the ‘wall of gold’ was broken… Female referees in World Cup finals

2022 Qatar World Cup, 3 referees, 3 assistant referees, female referees assigned
On the 23rd, the first female referee in the World Cup appeared in the match between Mexico and Poland.

Stephanie Frapar, the first female referee to appear in the World Cup finals. Photo = Yonhap News


[아시아경제 이계화 인턴기자] For the first time in the 92-year history of the World Cup, a female referee appeared. Major foreign media outlets such as the Associated Press reported that “Stephanie Frafar became the fourth referee (standby referee) and recorded as the first female referee to play in the finals since the start of the World Cup in 1930.”

FIFA appoints a female referee for the first time in Qatar World Cup finals. It drew more attention as it was the first World Cup to be held in the Middle East, where women’s rights are known to be relatively low. A total of 6 female referees (3 referees and 3 assistant referees) were named as the referees for the Qatar World Cup finals. In this World Cup, 36 referees, 69 assistant referees and 24 video review referees are in charge of refereeing. Among the 36 men and women selected as the referees for the Qatar World Cup, three are women: Stephanie Frapar, Salima Mukansanga (Rwanda), and Yoshimi Yamashita (Japan). Among the 69 assistant referees, there are three female referees: Neusa Baek (Brazil), Karen Dias (Mexico), and Kathryn Nezbit (USA).

Stephanie Frapar (39, France) took part in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar World Cup Group C match between Poland and Mexico held at the Guchilsa (974) Stadium in Doha, Qatar on the 23rd. Four referees (one referee) ·2 assistant referees, 1 standby referee) as the standby referee. A standby referee is a referee who prepares in advance outside the court in case the referee has an accident in an athletic game. Standing between the benches on either side of the half-line, he also controls player substitutions.

Prapar was the first to stand on the ground among the female referee and six assistant referees. He has already set several first records. Having obtained a FIFA international referee license in 2009, Frapar went up to the French 3rd division in 2011 and the French Ligue 2 in 2014. In 2019 he became the first female French Ligue 1 referee. After serving as the referee in the 2019 Women’s World Cup final in France, Prafar was assigned to referee the group stage match of the Champions League (UCL) in December 2020, where she again set her first record. In March of last year she was the referee for the Netherlands and Latvia match in Qatar World Cup European qualifier Group G second leg. It was the first time that a woman served as the referee for a World Cup qualifying match for male players. In the World Cup finals, Prapar was the first female referee to step on the ground.

“FIFA has completed a long process of gender equality by selecting a female referee for the first time in World Cup history, starting with assigning female referees to men’s junior and senior competitions several years ago,” said FIFA referee president Pieruigi Collina. “Assigning female judges this time means recognizing the hard work they have shown so far,” he said. “We value ability, not gender. We hope that the appointment of female judges in major competitions in the future will not come as a surprise, but will be generally recognized. “he said.

Intern Reporter Lee Gye-hwa [email protected]

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