Qatar 2022, first female referee. Frappart: “I’ll have to control emotions to referee well”

He has refereed in the French league, the Champions League and the European Championship

The French referee Stephanie Frappartwhich tonight will become the first woman to officiate a men’s World Cup match, Costa Rica-Germany, assured that he will feel “a great emotion”, but that he will have to “channel it” to referee well. “When I found out, the emotion was enormous, I didn’t expect it, I’m very proud to represent France at the World Cup,” the referee said in a statement released by FIFA.

Frappart, who has already been the first female referee in several other competitions, will hit her career high with the designation, but has said her main goal is to “referee a good match”. “I’ll have to control my emotions to focus on the pitch,” said the Frenchwoman. “I will feel a lot of emotion entering a World Cup stadium which will certainly be full and where there will be so many expectations,” she commented.

“But we will have to focus on the match right away because we will have to make good decisions. You perform well when you focus on the essential objective, the pitch,” he added. At 38, Frappart was the first woman to referee a match in the French league, Champions League and European Championship and now she will add a new milestone by officiating a match in the men’s World Cup.