A historic moment in soccer occurred Thursday, when an all-female crew officiated a men's World Cup match for the first time ever. France's Stéphanie Frappart, Brazil's Neuza Back and Mexico's Karen Diaz took the pitch as referees for the game between Costa Rica and Germany, an eventual 4-2 win for Germany, at Al Bayt Stadium in Qatar.
Frappart -- who became a FIFA-qualified referee in 2009 -- made history last week when she, as she became the first woman to referee a men's World Cup match. Breaking new ground is nothing new to her as she was also the first woman to officiate matches in France's Ligue 1, the UEFA Champion League and also World Cup qualifying matches ahead of Qatar.
"The men's World Cup is the most important sporting competition in the world. I was the first referee in France and in Europe, so I know how to deal with it," Frappart said, according to FIFA.
Frappart took the lead with Back and Diaz serving as assistant referees in the Germany-Costa Rica game. The fourth referee was a man. American Katy Nesbitt was also part of the officiating crew as the offside video assistant referee. She became the first American woman to officiate at a men's World Cup earlier this month.
"I can honestly say I am living my dream, and this was the biggest dream come true for me," Nesbitt told CBS News. "It's such an honor that I get to do this and to represent female referees in this way, and to represent my country."
Referee Katy Nesbitt is making history as the first American woman to officiate at a men’s #FIFAWorldCup.— CBS Mornings (@CBSMornings) November 21, 2022
She is one of just six women joining more than 100 male officials — and says it’s an honor to represent the U.S.: “I am living my dream.” pic.twitter.com/XSIAGwe9eq
Only six out of 129 match officials at the 2022 FIFA World Cup are female, but that in itself is a big step forward. Rwanda's Salima Mukansanga and Japan's Yoshimi Yamashita are the two other women.
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