Stephanie Frappart is set to become the first woman to officiate a men’s European Championship match following UEFA’s announcement of the list of referees for this year’s tournament. Although not part of the 18 referees announced to take charge of the 51 Euro cup games, but Frappart is expected to appear as a support official, working either as a fourth official or a reserve assistant referee.
The 37-year-old Frenchwoman has already made history in the past two year, becoming the first woman to have refereed a Ligue 1 match, the UEFA Super Cup, a Champions League match and, as of last month, a World Cup qualifier after taking charge of Holland against Latvia. Frappart also refereed the 2019 Super Cup final between Liverpool and Chelsea, which Liverpool won on penalties.
Earlier this month, Rebecca Welch, who had previously officiated in the Women’s Super League, also acting as a referee for the 2017 and 2020 Women’s FA Cup final, made history after she became the first woman to officate a game in the English Football League, refereed for Harrogate Town’s fixture against Port Vale in League Two. After this appearance, more opportunities for women officials came.
The FA confirmed the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) – the body responsible for match officials in English professional football – will oversee the management of referees in the Women’s Super League and Championship from next season. England’s top referees in the women’s game will now gain access to the same facilities, training and support that those in the men’s games.
Meanwhile, Anthony Taylor, who took charge of the UEFA Super Cup final between Bayern Munich and Sevilla last September, and Michael Oliver, who named as the referee for the forthcoming FA Cup final between Chelsea and Leicester, will make their debuts at a major international tournament following their inclusion in the 18-strong group of referees for this summer’s delayed competition.
Stuart Attwell, Lee Betts, and Chris Kavanagh will also attend as video match officials. UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin also announced the team of Argentinian referee Fernando Rapallini will join the selected European referees for EURO 2020, while a Spanish refereeing team led by Jesús Gil will be part of the selected CONMEBOL referees for the Copa América 2021 in Argentina and Colombia.
“The exchange of referees with CONMEBOL for our two flagship tournaments will enrich both competitions, and will enhance the experience of top referees,” Ceferin said. “Europe and South America have so much football quality and tradition, including in refereeing. This exchange is a defining part of our cooperation programme, which will help us improve our competitions.”
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