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Female referees will officiate at the men’s World Cup for the first time, Michael Oliver and Anthony Taylor included… but no British VAR officials



FIFA has announced that three female referees will officiate for the first time this year in Qatar in a men’s World Cup final.

Two of the Premier League’s male referees have also been chosen, but no UK VAR official will work at the showpiece event.

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Frappart has already refereed the men’s Champions League final

In FIFA’s official list of 36 referees for the tournament, which begins in November, France’s Stephanie Frappart, Rwanda’s Salima Mukansanga and Japan’s Yoshimi Yamashita have been included.

“This concludes a long process that began several years ago with the deployment of female referees in FIFA men’s junior and senior tournaments,” FIFA Referees Committee Chairman Pierluigi Collina said.

“In this way, we make it clear that it is the quality that counts for us and not the sex. I hope that in the future the selection of elite female match officials for important men’s competitions will be seen as something normal and not sensational anymore.

“They deserve to be at the FIFA World Cup because they consistently perform at a very high level, and that’s the important factor for us.”

Frappart refereed the Men’s Champions League and the 2019 Super Cup game between Liverpool and Chelsea.

Three women are also on the list of 69 assistant referees – Neuza Back from Brazil, Karen Diaz Medina from Mexico and Kathryn Nesbitt from the United States.

Female referees will officiate at the men’s World Cup for the first time, Michael Oliver and Anthony Taylor included… but no British VAR officials

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Premier League referee Oliver will also travel to Qatar


There was also good news for England referees Michael Oliver and Anthony Taylor as both were selected, having both also featured at Euro 2020.

However, while FIFA has appointed 24 video assistant referees (VARs) for the finals, none of them are British.

It follows years of heavy criticism of the system since its introduction to the English top flight, and the officials behind it who make the decisions.



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