Qatar 2022 will make history as the first men’s FIFA World Cup to have female referees in charge of matches.

Three of the 36 referees that have been selected to take charge of games at the tournament are women.

They are Stephanie Frappart, 38, Yoshimi Yamashita, 36, and 33-year-old Salima Mukansanga.

Frappart is arguably the most high-profile of the trio.

She took charge of the 2019 Women’s World Cup final, before refereeing the UEFA Super Cup between Liverpool and Chelsea later that year.

In December 2020, Frappart became the first woman to referee in the men’s UEFA Champions League when she oversaw a 3-0 win for Juventus against Dynamo Kyiv.

Referee Stephanie Frappart pictured during a UEFA Champions League game between Juventus and Dynamo Kyiv in 2020

Japanese official Yamashita has also made Champions League history, albeit in a different continent.

She was the first female referee ever to take charge of a match in Asia’s AFC Champions League earlier this year.

For Mukansanga, the 2022 World Cup will be her second major men’s international tournament in less than 12 months.

Mukansanga from Rwanda led an all-female officiating team at the Africa Cup of Nations in January when Zimbabwe met Guinea in the group stage.

Three of the 69 assistant referees who have been called up are also female.

They are Brazil’s Neuza Back, Mexico’s Karen Diaz Medina and the USA’s Kathryn Nesbitt.

Two of the 36 main match referees will come from England’s Premier League in the form of Michael Oliver and Anthony Taylor.

Meanwhile, Major League Soccer will be represented by 40-year-old Ismail Elfath.

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