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Stéphanie Frappart becomes the first female referee for a Euro men’s football


French referee Stéphanie Frappart once again becomes a pioneer. At 37, she was selected by the Association of European Football Clubs (UEFA) on Wednesday April 21 to officiate as a referee for the 2021 Men’s Euro Football Championship, a first for a woman.

She will occupy the position of fourth referee, that is to say, she will make sure that the coaches stay in their zones and will be in charge of the table of changes and extra times.

17 male referees

Stéphanie Frappart has already been a pioneer in football. She was the first woman to referee a match in men’s Ligue 2 in 2014, then in Ligue 1 in 2019. The same year, she became the first referee of the final of the Women’s World Cup and the Men’s Supercopa de l ‘UEFA. And a year later, she was again the first to lead an international men’s meeting in official competition for the League of Nations.

Stéphanie Frappart makes her official debut in Ligue 1, a first for a referee

Among the 17 other arbitrators selected Wednesday – all male – is also Clément Turpin, 38 years old. In 2008, he was the youngest referee to officiate in the French first division. A year later, he was appointed international referee of the International Football Federation (Fifa). He is the youngest Frenchman to have this function.

The competition will take place from June 11 to July 11.



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