Stéphanie Frappart, France, Salima Mukansanga, Rwanda and Yoshimi Yamashita, Japan are pioneers as referees at the World Cup in Qatar in November-December.

Neuza Back, Brazil, Karen Díaz Medina, Mexico and Kathryn Nesbitt, USA, have been selected as assistant referees, writes the International Football Association (Fifa) on its website.

"This concludes a long process, which started several years ago, with the production of female judges for tournaments for men and men's juniors.

This emphasizes that for us it is about quality and not gender ", says the chairman of the judging committee Pierluigi Collina.

In total, Fifa has selected 36 referees, 69 assistant referees and 24 video referees for the World Cup.

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