Female Officials to Ref Men’s World Cup for 1st Time in 2022

May 19, 2022

In a breakthrough for gender equality, FIFA confirmed Thursday that female referees will officiate a men’s World Cup for the first time at this year’s edition in November.

World soccer’s governing body will assign three female refs — Stéphanie Frappart of France, Salima Mukansanga of Rwanda, and Yoshimi Yamashita of Japan — to officiate games in the upcoming tournament in Qatar. FOS