Stephanie Frappart will become the first woman to referee a French Ligue 1 match when Amiens host Strasbourg on April 28, the French Football Federation (FFF) said on Tuesday.
Frappart, the only referee from France who will be officiating at the Women’s World Cup to be held there this June, was also the first woman to officiate a Ligue 2 (second-tier) match.
“Stephanie Frappart, selected by FIFA for the Women’s World Cup in France, has been appointed by the FFF Refereeing Direction for the match on the 34th day of Ligue 1 between Amiens SC and RC Strasbourg,” the FFF said in a statement.
Frappart is not the first woman to officiate a top-flight men’s game in Europe’s top leagues. Germany’s Bibiana Steinhaus became the first woman to officiate a Bundesliga match in 2017 when Hertha Berlin drew 1-1 with Werder Bremen.
Source: Reuters, Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Hugh Lawson