Costa Rica vs. Germany will be historic: Stéphanie Frappart will lead an all-female referee team in the decisive World Cup match.
Frappart is about to make history, as she will be the first woman referee appointed at a men’s World Cup game. Her assistants, Neuza Back (Brazil) and Karen Díaz Medina (Mexico), will join her.
“The men’s World Cup is the most important sporting competition in the world. I was the first referee in France and Europe, so I know how to deal with it,” she told FIFA.
The 38-year-old French referee was also the first woman to referee a Ligue 1 and UEFA Champions League game.
Pierluigi Collina explained that FIFA was pleased to announce three women referees selected for the World Cup.
“They were not selected because they are women, but as FIFA referees. They could officiate any game,” said Pierluigi Collina, chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee.
Frappart was also part of Mexico’s draw with Poland in Group C. This time she was chosen as the fourth official.
“It’s a strong sign from FIFA and the authorities to have women referees in that country,” she pointed out.
The VAR will feature Canadian referee Drew Fischer and French referee Jerome Brisar. American Kathryn Nesbitt will operate offside VAR reviews, and Italian Massimiliano Irrati will provide VAR support.
“This Thursday, an all-female refereeing trio will take charge of a men’s FIFA World Cup match for the first time. Stéphanie Frappart will be joined by assistants Neuza Back and Karen Diaz. History in the making!” tweeted FIFA.
The game between Costa Rica and Germany at the Al Bayt Stadium is one of the most important group-stage games left in the competition, as both teams have chances to advance to the next round.
However, now, its importance transcends the sporting level, as the world will see a historic feat for women involved in the sport.