Women referees selected for the 2022 World Cup 

women referees selected for the 2022 world cup

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) published, on May 19, the list of referees who will officiate during the World Cup, Qatar 2022. For the first time, women will be among the game directors of the world event. 

For the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, the world's governing body of football, FIFA has appointed 36 main referees, 69 assistant referees and 24 video referees. For the first time in the competition, which is celebrating its 92nd anniversary this year, 6 women are among the selected referees. 

The FIFA Referees Committee has set its sights on 3 main referees and 3 assistants. As a result, the French Stéphanie Frappart, the Rwandan Salima Mukansanga and the Japanese Yoshimi Yamashita, as well as the Brazilian Neuza Back, the Mexican Karen Díaz Medina and the American Kathryn Nesbitt integrate the contingent of official referees of the 22nd edition of the World Cup.  

“Their appointment is the result of a long process that began several years ago, which began with the appointment of female referees for some FIFA senior and youth men's competitions. We thus wish to demonstrate that the quality of refereeing has nothing to do with gender. thundered Pierluigi Collina, President of the Referees Commission. 

“I hope that in the future, the presence of female referees at top men's competitions will be seen as the rule rather than the exception. The selected referees deserve to be included in the list for the FIFA World Cup™ because they have been performing for several years at the highest level. That's what matters to us,” concluded the refereeing legend. 

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