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Meet The Only Three Female Referee Who Will Be At The Men's World Cup For First Time

Three female referees who will officiate at the men's World Cup for the first time in the tournament's history during Qatar 2022.

1. Stephanie Frappart

Stéphanie is a French football referee. She has been on the FIFA International Referees List since 2009, and has refereed several high-profile matches.

She became the first woman to referee a major men's European match and a French Ligue 1 match, both in 2019, and the first woman to officiate a UEFA Champions League match in 2020.

2. Salima Mukansanga

Salima Mukansanga is an international football referee from Rwanda. She was an official at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France.

In 2022, Mukansanga became the first woman to referee at the African Cup of Nations, leading out an all-woman officiating team of Fatiha Jermoumi (Morocco), Carine Atemzabong (Cameroon), and Bouchra Karboubi (Morocco) as the VAR.

She has officiated at the Olympics, FIFA Women’s World Cup, Africa Women Cup of Nations and CAF Women’s Champions League.

3. Yoshimi Yamashita

Yoshimi Yamashita is an international football referee from Japan. She was an official at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France. She also refereed at the 2020 Summer Olympics, in the match between the United States and Sweden.

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