Market Desk (sports): It is the first time that women, 3 referees and 3 assistant referees, were selected to officiate games at the top men’s soccer tournament, which will be held in Qatar this year. The advancement of women in world football is a new horizon. For the first time in World Cup, women referees are going to get a chance to manage the match.
The biggest event of world football will start from 21st November this year and will continue till 16th December. The Qatar World Cup was always going to be full of firsts: the first time it will be played in the Middle East; the first time it will be played in November and December. Now, it may also be the first men’s World Cup tournament in which a game is refereed by a woman.
Stéphanie Frappart from France, Salima Mukansanga from Rwanda and Yoshimi Yamashitafrom Japan have been selected as women referees for the World Cup. Neusa Buck of Brazil, Karen Dias Medina of Mexico and Catherine Nesbit of the US have been named as assistant referees.
“As always, the criteria we have used is ‘quality first’ and the selected match officials represent the highest level of refereeing worldwide,” said FIFA Referees Committee chairman PierluigiCollina, who worked the 2002 World Cup final. “In this way, we clearly emphasize that it is quality that counts for us and not gender.”.