Stephanie Frappart set to become first woman to referee French Ligue 1 match

Stephanie Frappart set to become first woman to referee French Ligue 1 match

Stephanie Frappart will become the first female referee to officiate a French Ligue 1 match.

The French Football Federation Refereeing Direction announced on Tuesday, April 23, that it has appointed Frappart to referee the match between Amiens and Strasbourg on Sunday, April 28.

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"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's statement read in part.

The French referee will officiate the Ligue 1 game in preparation for the upcoming FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 set to kick-off on June 7 to July 7.

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She has slowly worked her way up the officiating ladder and was also the first woman to officiate a Ligue 2 match.

Frappart is following in the footsteps of Germany's Bibiana Steinhaus who became the first female in Europe to officiate a top-flight men's game in 2017.

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