For the primary time ever there will probably be ladies referees at a males’s World Cup finals after FIFA revealed the checklist for the quadrennial showpiece being hosted later this yr by Qatar.
France’s Stephanie Frappart, Salima Mukansanga from Rwanda, and Japan’s Yoshimi Yamashita are among the many 36 match referees.
Brazil’s Neuza Again, Mexico’s Karen Diaz Medina and American Kathryn Nesbitt have been included within the 69 assistant referees.
“We are very happy that … we have been able to call up female match officials for the first time in the history of a FIFA World Cup,” mentioned FIFA Referees Committee Chairman Pierluigi Collina.
“This concludes a protracted course of that started a number of years in the past with the deployment of feminine referees at FIFA males’s junior and senior tournaments.
“In this way, we clearly emphasise that it is quality that counts for us and not gender. I would hope that in the future, the selection of elite women’s match officials for important men’s competitions will be perceived as something normal and no longer as sensational.”
All match officers for the finals will take part in early summer time seminars in Asuncion, Madrid and Doha.
“We can’t eliminate all mistakes, but we will do everything we can to reduce them,” mentioned Massimo Busacca, FIFA’s Director of Refereeing.