Prafar becomes first female referee to qualify for World Cup finals

Stephanie Frapar (39, France) left her name as the first female referee in World Cup history.

On the 23rd (Korean time), Prapar appeared as a standby in the first leg of Group C of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which took place at Stadium 974 in Doha, Qatar.

This is the moment when a new page is written in the history of the 1992 World Cup.

The Associated Press reported, “Prappar, who served as the fourth referee for the match between Mexico and Poland, became the first female referee in World Cup history to take charge of a final match.”

The fourth referee (standby referee) is in charge of player substitutions between the benches on either side of the half-line.

This World Cup is the first tournament to feature a female referee.

Among the 36 referees, 69 assistant referees, and 24 video review referees, three female referees, Yoshimi Yamashita (Japan) and Salima Mukansanga (Rwanda), along with Prapar, joined. Neusa Back (Brazil), Karen Dias (Mexico), and Catherine Nesbit (USA) also play an active role as assistant referees.

Among them, Frapar was the first to enter the game, opening a new history.

Frapar is a recognized female referee in the soccer world, such as serving as the referee for the 2019 Women’s World Cup final in France.

He also served as a referee in Ligue 1, the French first division, and as a referee for the UEFA Super Cup and Champions League. She was also the first female referee to referee a men’s World Cup qualifier.

Meanwhile, Pierluigi Collina, the head of the International Football Federation (FIFA) referee, said of the six female referees before the tournament, “They all have experienced men’s soccer in FIFA competitions. I understand it’s considered pretty big news because it’s the first time in FIFA history, but I want them to be treated simply as six FIFA referees at the World Cup.”


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