Stephanie Frappart to become first woman to referee Ligue 1 match and will take charge of Amiens vs Strasbourg
Stephanie Frappart will become the first woman to referee a Ligue 1 match on Sunday.
The French official will take charge of the match between Amiens and Strasbourg.
The 35-year-old was the first woman to referee a Ligue 2 match in 2014 and will set another first this weekend.
She has been selected for the game by the French Football Federation to ‘prepare her for World Cup conditions’.
An FFF statement said: “FIFA has invited federations with a chosen referee for the World Women’s Cup, to prepare them under the best conditions for this high-level competition.
“Their preparation, technical and athletic (ability) will also be focused on the use of video assistance, which will be in function at this World Cup.”
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Frappart will officiate in her second Women’s World Cup later this year.
She also refereed England’s 3-0 semi-final defeat by the Netherlands at the Women’s European Championships in 2017.
Frappart will not be the first woman to take charge of a match in a top European league, though.
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Germany’s Bibiana Steinhaus refereed a match in the Bundesliga between Hertha Berlin and Werder Bremen.
England, Spain and Italy are still waiting for a female to take charge of a top-flight match.
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