Stéphanie Frappart: Ligue 1’s First Female Referee

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France’s Ligue 1 will make history this weekend, with Stéphanie Frappart announced as the first female to referee a match in the French top division. Frappart will be in the middle for Sunday’s match between Amiens and Strasbourg, a match that could have potentially huge implications in the race to avoid a spot in the relegation playoffs.

Although this is Frappart’s first game in the top flight of men’s French football, she has handled 13 matches in Ligue 2 this season. She’s certainly had no issues showing the cards in those matches, with a whopping 60 yellow cards to go along with five reds so far in 2018/19.

An interesting footnote in this historic appointment is that the VAR for this match is none other than France’s number-one male referee, Clément Turpin. This is significant because Turpin is one of the 16 VARs that will be assigned to the video booth in the FIFA Women’s World Cup this summer—which, incidentally, is in France—a tournament at which Frappart is, performance permitting, a very strong candidate for a late knockout-round match. This Ligue 1 match, then, may be very important for Frappart and Turpin in building an early understanding with regards to VAR in the upcoming World Cup.

Frappart, 35 years old, has been a FIFA referee since 2011 and is currently on the UEFA Elite panel of referees. She refereed two matches at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, including the USA’s last-16 victory over Colombia.

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