Paris - A men's top-flight match in France will be refereed by a woman for
the first time this weekend when Stephanie Frappart takes charge of the
Ligue 1 game between Amiens and Strasbourg, the French Football
Federation (FFF) announced Tuesday.
Frappart, 35, makes the step up having been a referee in France's Ligue 2 since 2014.
She will also referee at the women's World Cup, which will be held in
France in June and July. Frappart previously officiated at the 2015
edition of that tournament and took charge of the women's under-20 World
Cup final last year.
The FFF said the appointment for Sunday's match followed a request
from FIFA to help referees involved in the World Cup "prepare in the
In a recent interview with AFP, Frappart said she would see being
appointed to a Ligue 1 game as "an acknowledgement of my competence."
"I don't want to be given top billing or put in Ligue 1 just because I am a woman," she added.
Germany's Bibiana Steinhaus became the first female referee in one of
the top European leagues when she took charge of a Bundesliga match
between Hertha Berlin and Werder Bremen in September 2017.