Women referee for the first time at the World Cup finals

25 May 2022 | 08:13 | Football

Rwanda international arbitration Salima Mukansanga. Photo: AFP


Rwanda international arbitration Salima Mukansanga. Photo: AFP

There will be female referees at the men’s World Cup finals for the first time ever after FIFA revealed the roster for the quaternary tournament hosted by Qatar later this year.

Stephanie Frappart of France, Salima Mukansanga from Rwanda and Yoshimi Yamashita of Japan were among the 36 match referees.

Neuza Back of Brazil, Karen Diaz Medina of Mexico and Kathryn Nesbitt of the US were included in the list of 69 assistant referees.

FIFA Referees Committee Chairman Pierluigi Collina said: “We are delighted that…for the first time in the history of a World Cup, we are able to summon women’s match officials.

“This ends a long process that began a few years ago with the deployment of female referees at FIFA’s junior and senior men’s tournaments.

“In this way, we clearly emphasize that it is quality that is important to us, not gender. I hope that in the future, the selection of elite women officials for the meetings. Men’s major competitions will be considered normal and no longer sensational.”

All match officials for the final will participate in early summer in seminars in Asuncion, Madrid and Doha.

“We cannot eliminate all mistakes, but we will do everything we can to minimize them,” said Massimo Busacca, FIFA’s director of refereeing.