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First Female Referee at Men’s World Cup Game

Teresa Iovieno    

December 1, 2022   

On Thursday, Stéphanie Frappart became the first female referee for the men’s World Cup game. Frappart is a French referee who is from the northern region of Paris. She led a group of women during the men’s game; Neuza Back, and Karen Díaz Medina. The match was between Costa Rica and Germany and ended in a 4-2 win by Germany.  


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In 1993, she started playing soccer and realized how beautiful the sport truly is. Frappart's first official game was in 2003 when she was only 19 years old. After being a referee for over two decades she finally was given an opportunity to be a referee for the Women’s World Cup Final. 


Stéphanie Frappart has been making history her whole career. During the year 2019, Frappart was the first female referee to be in charge of a Ligue one match during the men’s European match. In 2020, she was the first female to officiate during a men’s UEFA Champions League match. 

In November of 2022, Frappart became the first female to officiate at the men’s World Cup, and was the first female to lead during the men’s World Cup with three other referees; two women and one male were by her side. The three female referees made history for being the first group of women at the men’s World Cup match. 



Many individuals have mixed feelings towards women refereeing the men’s World Cup and Frappart understands that the tournament is very important to people, “The men's World Cup is the most important sporting competition in the world. I was the first referee in France and in Europe, so I know how to deal with it.”

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