A female French referee, Stéphanie Frappart, alongside a predominately female official will be making history as the first female official to be appointed to take charge of a major UEFA men’s competition – UEFA Super CupInsp on the 14th of August,
Frappart is no stranger to making history as she became the first female referee in France to officiate a men’s Ligue 1 match, between SC Amiens and RC Strasbourg in April and will now be joining the pool of Ligue 1 referees on a permanent basis for the 2019/2020 season.
According to the UEFA website, UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin said: “I have said on many occasions that the potential for women’s football has no limits and I am delighted that Stéphanie Frappart has been appointed to officiate at this year’s UEFA Super Cup along with assistant referees Manuela Nicolosi and Michelle O’Neal.
“As an organisation, we place the utmost importance on the development of women’s football in all areas. I hope the skill and devotion that Stéphanie has shown throughout her career to reach this level will provide inspiration to millions of girls and women around Europe and show them there should be no barriers in order to reach one’s dream.”
Roberto Rosetti, UEFA chief refereeing officer, said she “fully deserves” the opportunity to oversee such a high-profile fixture.
He said: “Stéphanie has proved over a number of years that she is one of the best female referees, not just in Europe but across the world.”
“She has the ability to officiate on the biggest stage, as she proved at this year’s Women’s World Cup final. I hope this match in Istanbul will provide her with yet more experience as she enters the prime of her refereeing career.”