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Who is Stephanie Frappart? Trailblazer set to make more history at Wembley as England host Australia

Stephanie Frappart became the first woman to referee a match at the men’s World Cup last year.

And she will now take another step in her trailblazing career when she officiates the men’s friendly between England and Australia, live on talkSPORT.

Frappart is an inspiration


Frappart is an inspirationCredit: Getty Images

The Frenchwoman has consistently made history and had a huge career leap in Qatar when she took charge of Germany’s 4-2 win over Costa Rica.

And she will become the first female official to ref a men’s international match at Wembley Stadium later this week.

Who is Stephanie Frappart? 

Frappart is a 39-year-old referee whose career so far has made a huge impact on female officials all over the world. 

She has her name written all over the record books, with her achievements including a whole variety of impressive firsts. 

In 2011, Frappart officiated in the French third division before three years later making the step up to Ligue 2, becoming the first female to do so. 

The Frenchwoman was then called up to referee alongside a full selection of female officials at the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada. 

Frappart has officiated at three Women's World Cups


Frappart has officiated at three Women’s World CupsCredit: Getty Images – Getty

In 2019, Frappart then became the first female to ever referee in Ligue 1 before being called up to the Women’s World Cup once again. 

She would be appointed as the referee for the final of the tournament. 

This would lead to even more huge accomplishments later that year after the French official was appointed for the men’s UEFA Super Cup. 

Frappart became the first-ever female referee to take charge of a men’s European fixture by doing this before also becoming the first female official of a men’s Champions League game

She then was appointed as the referee for the 2022 Coupe de France Final in May and she took charge of Nantes’s 1-0 win over Nice at the Stade de France. 

Frappart took charge of Liverpool vs Chelsea in 2019


Frappart took charge of Liverpool vs Chelsea in 2019Credit: Getty

Finally, she was named among the referees that went to Qatar alongside other female officials.

“The men’s World Cup is the most important competition in the world, not only football,” She told the Athletic.

“But I was the first female referee in France, the first in Europe, every time the first. I know how to deal with that.”

And the FA are delighted to have her on board for this match at Wembley.

Peter Elsworth, head of refereeing operations at the Football Association, said: “Stephanie is an outstanding referee and she has officiated on the highest stage within France, across Europe and recently at the men’s and women’s FIFA World Cup.

“We’re delighted she and her team will take charge of our upcoming fixture against Australia in front of a sold-out crowd at Wembley Stadium and we’re looking forward to welcoming them to the home of English football.”

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