Stephanie Frappart becomes first woman to officiate men's World Cup – USA TODAY

Stephanie Frappart made history Tuesday during Group C’s match between Poland and Mexico, becoming the first woman to officiate a men’s World Cup.
Frappart, 38, is not new to breaking historic barriers. She became the first women to referee a men’s Championship League game in 2020. The French ref has been on the FIFA International Referees List since 2009.
Frappart is one of three women to be listed as a referee for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Yoshimi Yamashita (Japan) and Salima Mukasanga (Rwanda) are the other two. 
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There are also three assistant female referees (Neuza Comes Back, Karen Diaz and Kathryn Nesbitt), giving the 2022 FIFA World Cup a total of six women to take the stage.
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