Female judges first selected for 2022 Men’s World Cup – NBC10 Philadelphia

The 2022 World Cup could be a historic one for the judges.

On Thursday, FIFA announced 129 officials selected to serve as World Cup players, including three women referees and three women assistant referees. For the first time in the 92-year history of the competition, women officials were awarded the Men’s World Cup.

Frenchwoman Stephanie Frappart, Salima Mukansanga of Rwanda and Yoshima Yamashita of Japan were elected three of the 36 judges, while Brazil’s Neusa Beck, Mexico’s Karen Diaz Medina and Catherine Nesbit of the United States were among the 69 appointed assistants.

Selection for the World Cup does not guarantee that the official will finish the job. But these six women now have a chance to make Qatar history later this year.

“As always, we used the criteria of ‘quality first’, and the selected officials of the match represent the highest level of refereeing in the world,” – said the chairman of the FIFA Referee Committee Pierluigi Colin. “In this way, we clearly emphasize that quality is important to us, not gender.

“I hope that in the future the selection of elite female officers of matches for important men’s competitions will be perceived as something normal and no longer sensational.”

Frappart was a pioneer for women bureaucrats. She was the first woman to watch a major European match among men when judging the UEFA Super Cup final between Chelsea and Liverpool in 2019. Since then, she has also become the first woman to judge a UEFA Champions League men’s match as well as a men’s World Cup qualifier. and the French Cup final among men.

The 2022 World Cup will be held from November 21 to December 18.

The United States has found its opponents in the group stage of the 2022 World Cup, which will be held later this year in Qatar.

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