In a flex on equality, FIFA tweeted during the Poland-Mexico match that the French head referee Stephanie Frappert is the first woman ever to officiate a world cup match in the 96 years of the FIFA World Cup‘s existence.
Still, one has to ask whether or not FIFA kept this in their back pocket to pull out to prove how progressive they are during a tournament that is far and away one of the most corrupt in recent history.
Either way, it is fantastic to see, despite how late and minimal the impact is, FIFA making some attempt to uplift a historically marginalized group of people when it could ruffle the gilded feathers of their cartoonishly oppressive backers.
History made ✅
— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) November 22, 2022
Per The Athletic, “Having already refereed in Ligue 1 and the men’s Champions League, she is now officiating at the men’s World Cup, along with two other female referees, Rwanda’s Salima Mukansanga and Japan’s Yoshimi Yamashita. It is the first time female referees have been selected for the men’s World Cup.”