• French Stéphanie Frappart and Ukrainian Kateryna Monzul to be the first women in charge of qualifying matches for the FIFA World Cup ™
  • Two Mexican officials took part in the first round of Concacaf qualifying this week
  • New historic step taken in refereeing, after the appointment of Edina Alves Batista as an officer in the FIFA Club World Cup ™ last February

Stéphanie Frappart and Kateryna Monzul will be the first female referees to be awarded qualifying matches for the FIFA Men’s World Cup ™. Frappart will lead the Netherlands-Latvia meeting in Amsterdam on March 27, while Monzul will be in charge of the Austria-Faroe Islands showdown scheduled for Vienna on March 28.

“Although they have already refereed in major men’s competitions, officiating for the first time in qualifying for the FIFA World Cup ™ is a privileged experience of which they have every reason to be proud. -foot in recent years, and their appointment is the fruit of their efforts, “commented Pierluigi Collina, chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee.

The appointment of match officials for high-stakes men’s qualifiers marks a new step on the path for FIFA, in collaboration with the confederations, to foster the development of women’s refereeing. At the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020 ™, Brazilian official Edina Alves Batista and two assistant referees Neuza Back and Mariana de Almeida delivered a remarkable performance and proved that what is important is quality, and not the kind.

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Frappart has had a journey rich in highlights over the past two years. In 2019, she notably refereed the final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup ™ which pitted the United States against the Netherlands on the soil of her native country. She has also acquired valuable experience in men’s matches in major continental competitions and is an integral part of the referee team of the French Ligue 1.

Referee of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 ™ final, Monzul officiates not only in the Ukrainian Men’s Premier League, but also in European national team and club competitions.

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Díaz Medina et González enter into the history of Concacaf

The Mexican and American officials also distinguished themselves in the globalist preliminaries of Concacaf. A page of history was written in Suriname’s 3-0 victory over the Cayman Islands on Wednesday, when Karen Díaz Medina (assistant referee) and Francia González (fourth official) held the whistle alongside referee Jorge Antonio Pérez Durán and assistant referee Andrés Hernández Delgado in Paramaribo, the capital of Suriname. Díaz Medina and González thus became the first women in black to participate in the Concacaf men’s globalist qualifications.

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In addition, three assistant referees (Kathryn Nesbitt, Jennifer Garner, Brooke Mayo) and a fourth official (Tori Penso), all four Americans, will take part in several Concacaf qualifiers this week.

“FIFA will continue to promote the development of women’s refereeing and I am sure that the appointment of match officials to lead men’s matches will become commonplace in the future,” said Collina.

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