First ever all-female referee team to take charge as 2022 World Cup makes history

Given some of the off-field discussions surrounding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, it is maybe ironic that Stephanie Frappart, Neuza Back and Karen Diaz have been named to officiate the Costa Rica-Germany Group E match on Thursday. With this they become the first all-female refereeing team for a men’s World Cup match, FIFA announced on Tuesday.

History is set to be made on Thursday! 🤩

There will be an all-female refereeing trio taking charge for the first time at a men’s #FIFAWorldCup in the match between Costa Rica and Germany.

Referee Stéphanie Frappart will be joined by assistants Neuza Back and Karen Diaz. 👏

— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) November 30, 2022

Women in control of Costa Rica vs Germany

Frappart, who was the fourth official for Poland’s Group C match against Mexico last week, will be the main referee, marking another milestone after becoming the first female to officiate at a men’s World Cup qualifier in March and a Champions League match in 2020.

Assisting the 38-year-old Frenchwoman will be Brazilian Neuza and Mexican Diaz.

Fellow female referees Salima Mukansanga of Rwanda and Yamashita Yoshimi of Japan are also involved at the Qatar World Cup.

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