Female referee set to make history in French Ligue 1

WOLFSBURG, GERMANY - MARCH 22: French referee Stephanie Frappart gestures during the first UEFA Women's Champions League quarter final match between VfL Wolfsburg and FC Rosengard at the AOK Stadion on March 22, 2015 in Wolfsburg, Germany. (Photo by Ronny Hartmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)
WOLFSBURG, GERMANY - MARCH 22: French referee Stephanie Frappart gestures during the first UEFA Women's Champions League quarter final match between VfL Wolfsburg and FC Rosengard at the AOK Stadion on March 22, 2015 in Wolfsburg, Germany. (Photo by Ronny Hartmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Stephanie Frappart will become the first female official to take be in charge of a French Ligue 1 match this Sunday.

Women’s football is taking big steps towards having not only the best female footballers but also the best referees.

And there’s no better way for the officials to get experience than to officiate an official men’s game.

This is why this Sunday referee Stephanie Frappart will make history in the French Ligue 1, as she will take charge of the Amiens against Strasbourg match.

“As part of her preparation for the 2019 Women’s World Cup, the French referee was appointed by the FFF Refereeing Direction to officiate on the next day of Ligue 1,” a statement by the French Football Federation (FFF) read on their official website.

“Stephanie Frappart, selected by FIFA for the Women’s World Cup in France (7 June-7 July), has been appointed by the Refereeing Direction of the FFF on the match of the 34th day of Ligue 1 against the Amiens SC at RC Strasbourg, which will be held Sunday, April 28 at the Stadium of the Unicorn Amiens (15:00).”

They explained: “FIFA has invited the federations with a chosen referee for this World Women’s Championship, to prepare them under the best conditions for this high-level competition.”

“Their preparation, technical, athletic, will also be focused on the use of video assistance, which will be in function at this World Cup.”

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“Clement Turpin, selected by FIFA as a video assistant for this competition, will assist Stephanie Frappart on this Ligue 1 match,” the FFF concluded.

German referee Bibiana Steinhaus already has officiated in the Bundesliga, but until now there was no a single woman referee in the English Premier League, the Spanish La Liga, or the Italian Serie A.

But for France, this will change on Sunday.

Frappart has overseen 13 matches in the French second division, as well as one French Cup fixture.

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