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The three main referees offering the World Cup scoop: “Footballers are usually calmer to me. The rules are the same everywhere” |  world Cup

The three main referees offering the World Cup scoop: “Footballers are usually calmer to me. The rules are the same everywhere” | world Cup

world Cup of footballFIFA has announced the referees, assistant referees and video assistant referees (VARs) who should officiate at the World Cup in Qatar at the end of this year. Three female referees. Introducing Stephanie Frappart, Yamashita Yoshimi and Salima Mukansanga.

For the first time, three women referees will be in action at the world’s largest football party. This honor goes to Yamashita Yoshimi from Japan, Stephanie Frappart from France and Salima Mukansanga from Rwanda. With the return of Nyoza from Brazil, Kathryn Nesbitt from America, and Karen Diaz Medina from Mexico, three assistant referees have also been appointed.


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I hope in the future the selection of female referees for men’s tournaments will be seen as normal and no longer something exciting. They deserve to be in the World Cup because they consistently perform at a high level.

Pierluigi Colina

“We are delighted to be able to select female referees for the first time in history,” said Pierluigi Collina, President of the FIFA Referees Committee. “This is the end of a long process that started several years ago with the appointment of female referees for the junior and senior tournaments. This way we confirm that quality is important to us and not the gender of a person. I hope that in the future the selection of female referees in the men’s tournaments will be seen as normal and no longer a thing Exciting. They deserve to be in this World Cup because they consistently perform at a high level.”

Who are Frappart, Yoshimi and Mukansanga?

Stephanie Frappart The final match between the United States and the Netherlands at the last Women’s World Cup in 2019 whistled and is considered one of the best, if not the best, women’s referee in the world. But the 38-year-old Frenchwoman is also not ready to be tested in men’s football. Domestically, she has already led 129 matches in Ligue 2 and Ligue 1 – the two highest football leagues in France. Among others, Marseille Lyon, an often hot classic, completed successfully.

International penetration was inevitable. In 2019, Frappart, better known as the cannibal on the pitch, was selected for the European Super Cup between Liverpool and Chelsea. Jurgen Klopp then praised, saying: “If we had played and it whistled, we would have won 6-0.” The pinnacle in the club’s context came a year later: on December 2, 2020, she became the first woman to officiate a Champions League match, namely Juventus and Dynamo Kyiv.

“Man-to-man discussion is difficult sometimes. Frappart explains the difference between female and male arbitrators. “For me, football players are usually calmer.” She doesn’t feel like a pioneer. “Writing history and breaking down barriers, that’s not what I do. I’m just doing my job.”

Stephanie Frappart. © Reuters

Stephanie Frappart was a pioneer in Europe, Yamashita Yoshimi She is her Asian counterpart. The 36-year-old Japanese was the first woman to officiate an AFC Champions League match last month. She has also previously had Tottenham Hotspurs in women’s football, including the 2019 World Cup in France.

A new step was immediately followed by scheduling the World Cup in Qatar. Yoshimi started ruling in 2016 at the age of 30 and is said to be not shy about drawing cards. From the beginning of her career, she was usually assisted by two permanent assistants Makoto Bozono and Naomi Teshirogi.

They won’t be in Qatar soon, but with Neuza Back, Kathryn Nesbitt and Diaz Medina there are also 3 women out of 69 assistants designated for the World Cup. Yoshimi knows the standard is high. “Preparing for the men’s competitions is not easy mentally and physically, but I do my best in every match.”

Chief Referee Pierluigi Collina said the appointment of female referees like Yoshimi is just the beginning. “I hope that in the future it will become more normal for women to lead the important matches of men. The three referees who will participate in the World Cup soon deserve it. “Quality takes precedence over gender,” says Collina.

Yamashita Yoshimi.

Yamashita Yoshimi. © Reuters

No dream is too big for him Salima Mukansanga (33). The first female referee to be assigned to a match in a major international men’s soccer tournament. At the Africa Cup earlier this year, she led Zimbabwe-Guinea in the right direction, except for that moment when she wanted to give the time-wasted Zimbabwe goalkeeper a yellow card but couldn’t find the one. Just before, he had fallen out of her chest pocket. Rwanda was previously active in the Olympic Games in Tokyo and the Women’s World Cup in France.

The Rwandan Football Association rejected Mukansanga as an active footballer in her youth because she was still too young – she was still in school – so she decided to study the rules of the game herself. A year later, she received her badge as a referee, as well as a diploma in nursing and obstetrics. She gradually rose: in 2008, at the age of twenty, she was already leading matches in the Rwandan Premier League.

It also collected good reports at the international level, although it responded by not believing in its Africa Cup of Nations award. “I thought maybe they got the name wrong,” she said. “But I know I can do it. And I want to show that to the world. A woman can successfully whistle a men’s match. After all, the rules of the game are the same everywhere. I hope my story will inspire other women now.”

Salima Mukansanga.

Salima Mukansanga. © Reuters

Here is a complete overview of all references:

Anyone looking for Belgian reps in the list below, which consists of 36 main references, 69 auxiliaries, and 24 VARs, is well worth the effort. Thus, our Red Devils became the only Belgians who had to preserve the national honor in Qatar. The last Belgian referee present at the World Cup was Franck de Bleecker. Whistle for the 2006 and 2010 World Cup.

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