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French Ligue 1 match has female referee for first time

A woman is set to referee a match for the French Ligue 1 this weekend, making her the first female referee ever to do so, the Fédération Française de Football (FFF) has confirmed.

Stéphanie Frappart, a semi-professional referee who has officiated at Ligue 2 games since 2014, will referee for the Amiens-Strasbourg fixture this Sunday (April 28).

The announcement comes just two months before the women’s World Cup kicks off in France (from June 7 to July 7).

Ms Frappart is one of the 27 referees to be named by Fifa for the tournament, and this weekend’s match will form part of her training.

Ms Frappart is the only female to referee for Ligue 2, and is also the only female referee in France to make a part-time professional living from her role.

Head of French refereeing Pascal Garibian, speaking to the Agence France-Presse, said: “It is a sort of semi-professionalism, with a monthly match fixture, and match [payment] allowances.”

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