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Kathryn Nesbitt makes history as the first assistant referee in the round of 16 of a World Cup

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AL KHOR, QATAR – DECEMBER 04: Assistant referee, Kathryn Nesbitt is seen during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Round of 16 match between England and Senegal at Al Bayt Stadium on December 04, 2022 in Al Khor, Qatar. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Kathryn Nesbitt became the first woman in the history of World Cups men to serve as standard bearer in the match England vs Senegal.

The US-born referee became the first woman to officiate in a men’s final by assisting in the MLS Cup game between the Columbus Crew and the Seattle Sounders.

Nesbitt was a professor of chemistry at Towson University before devoting herself fully to umpiring.

In Qatar 2022 Historic milestones have been set in terms of gender equality, especially when French Stephanie Frappart directed Costa Rica vs Germany in the last part of the group stage-

On that occasion, the entire main refereeing body was made up of women, including the Brazilian Neuza Back and the Mexican Karen Díaz Medina.

In total, Qatar 2022 will see six referees in the World Cup: Stephanie Frappart, from France; the Mexican Karen Diaz, the American Kathryn Nesbitt, the Brazilian Neuza Back, the Rwandan Salima Mukasanga and the Japanese Yoshimi Yamashita.

Stephanie Frappart, Neuza Inés Back and Karen Díaz Medina at the Alemnia vs Costa Rica.  |  Photo: Han Yan/Xinhua via Getty Images

Stephanie Frappart, Neuza Inés Back and Karen Díaz Medina in Germany vs Costa Rica. | Photo: Han Yan/Xinhua via Getty Images

Frappart, 38 years old and international since 2011, is the most reputable and recognized collegiate. After directing the biggest women’s tournaments, including the World Cup finals, in 2019 she became the first woman in charge of refereeing the men’s Super Cup final (Liverpool-Chelsea) and in 2020 she was the first to direct a Champions League match. (Juventus-Dinamo kyiv)

She was also the first female referee in a men’s EuroCup match when she was appointed as assistant to Dutchman Danny Makkelie in the Turkey-Italy match that opened the tournament.

Yoshimi Yamashita in Ghana vs Uruguay |  Photo: Serhat Cagdas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Yoshimi Yamashita in Ghana vs Uruguay | Photo: Serhat Cagdas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Mukasanga She was the first woman to direct an African Cup match this year (Zimbabwe-Guinea) after having been the fourth referee for the Guinea-Malawi match, and Yamashita directed the Melbourne City-Jeonnam Dragons match in the Asian Champions League this April.

In total, 36 referees, 69 assistants and 24 members of the video refereeing team have been appointed by the FIFA Referees Committee.

With information from EFE and El Universal

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