Three of the six women serve as main referee, while the other three act as assistant referees. Quote from the page bola.net, even the head of FIFA’s referees committee, Pierluigi Colinna, said that the appointment of this female official refers to her quality as a referee, not her gender.
Pierluigi Collina also assured that the six official female referees would not be discriminated against or restricted. Here are six women who became referees world Cup Qatar 2022:
Neuza Back (Brazil)
This Brazilian was born on August 11, 1984. Neuza Back is in charge of being the assistant referee for the 2022 World Cup.
Back’s debut in men’s international football matches began when he supervised the Copa Sudamericana match between Penarol and Velez Sarsfield. His name started to stand out when he was made assistant world cup referee Inter Clubs 2020 with her compatriot, Edina Alves Batista.
She also became the first Latin American woman to referee a World Cup and was appointed to oversee the men’s world championship match. In this game, he served as the alternate assistant referee in the Tigers vs Ulsan Hyundai game and the quarter-finals between Ulsan Hyundai vs Al Duhail.
Salima Mukansanga (Rwanda)
This woman born on July 25, 1988 has been interested in the world of football referees since 2006. At that time, Salima Mukansanga was studying in her final year at St Vincent de Paul Musanze high school.
In fact, when he was little, Salima was more interested in basketball. However, the difficulties of access and other things made him focus on football.
Before being appointed referee for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, he had achieved several prestigious records as a referee. One of her prestigious records is as a referee at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay in 2018 and as an official at the Women’s World Cup and Tokyo Olympics in 2019.
Yoshimi Yamashita (Japan)
Yoshimi Yamashita was born in Tokyo on February 20, 1986. Before being appointed as the main referee for the 2022 World Cup match in Qatar, he was a referee for the 2019 Women’s World Cup and the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Yamashita also became the first woman to referee a men’s soccer game in the Japanese league or J-League. Apart from this, he has also refereed in Asian football matches, AFC Champions League.
Karen Diaz Medina (Mexico)
Karen Diaz Medina’s full name is Karen Janett Diaz Medina. He was born on November 10, 1984 in Aguascalientes, Mexico.
Currently, he is the referee for the Confederation of North, Central and Caribbean Football (Concacaf). The woman who served as the assistant referee at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar was certified as a FIFA assistant referee in 2018.
Throughout her career as an assistant referee, she officiated in several tournaments, including the Women’s Under-17 Championship in Managua. Meanwhile, in Nicaragua, he also served as an assistant referee in the Scotiabank Concacaf League and the Men’s Under-20 Championships in Bradenton, Florida. Additionally, she also competed in the 2020 Women’s Olympic Qualifiers in Houston, Texas.
Stephanie Frappart (France)
Stéphanie Frappart, born December 14, 1983, is the main referee of the 2022 World Cup in France. He started his career in football since 2011.
In 2014, he managed to move up to Ligue 2 (second division). In 2015, her career was even brighter when she became a referee at the Women’s World Cup and continued until the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France.
Throughout her career, Stéphanie Frappart has received the IFFHS World’s Best Female Referee award for three consecutive years, namely in 2019, 2020 and 2021.
Kathryn Nesbitt (United States of America)
Kathryn Nesbitt’s name is rarely heard in the world of football. This woman born on November 7, 1988 is an analytical chemist as well as an assistant professor of chemistry.
In 2019, Nesbitt quit his teaching job and chose to focus on refereeing. He is most often on duty in Major Soccer League (MLS) matches, namely the professional soccer leagues in the United States and Canada.
In December 2021, Nesbitt was selected as the first female to co-officiate in a North American men’s professional soccer championship game. He was an assistant referee in the MLS Cup game between Columbus Crew and Seattle Sounders.
Kathryn Nesbitt is an assistant referee from the United States and the 2020 MLS Assistant Referee of the Year Award. Before becoming an assistant referee for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, he had been on the FIFA list of international referees since 2016.
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