The French Football Federation (FFF) has announced Stephanie Frappart as the first female referee to referee a Ligue 1 match.
Frenchwoman Frappart will make her Ligue 1 officiating debut on Sunday when she officiates the match between Amiens and Strasbourg.
Frappart herself was also the first woman to officiate a match in Ligue 2 back in 2014. She has been officiating Ligue 2 matches for the past five years.
Refereeing in France’s top-flight football league will help Frappart prepare herself further for this summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup which will take place in France.
World Cup referees were requested by FIFA to be prepared in the best conditions ahead of the summer’s big event and it was for this reason that French Federation agreed to promote Frappart.
“Stephanie Frappart, selected by FIFA for the Women’s World Cup in France, has been appointed by the FFF Refereeing Direction for the match on the 34th day of Ligue 1 between Amiens SC and RC Strasbourg,” the FFF said in a statement.
The French Football Federation released a statement saying: “FIFA has invited the federations with a chosen referee for the World Women’s Cup, to prepare them under the best conditions for this high-level competition. Their preparation, technical, athletic, will also be focused on the use of video assistance, which will be in function at this World Cup.”
Dans le cadre de sa préparation à la Coupe du monde féminine 2019, Stéphanie Frappart a été désignée pour officier lors de la prochaine journée de Ligue 1. https://t.co/U15Qb6pY0Q
— FFF (@FFF) April 23, 2019
In 2017, German referee Bibiana Steinhaus had become the first female referee to officiate a match in Europe’s top football leagues when she took charge of the Bundesliga match between Hertha Berlin and Werder Bremen.
The FIFA Women’s World Cup begins with the match between hosts France and South Korea at the Parc des Princes in Paris on June 7.