Frenchwoman Stephanie Frappart will become the first female official to work the middle of a men’s UEFA Champions League match when Juventus hosts Dynamo Kyiv Wednesday, UEFA announced Monday.
Frappart, who turns 37 next month, was the first women’s referee to officiate in a major UEFA competition when Liverpool played Chelsea in the 2019 Super Cup in Istanbul.
She also officiated the 2019 Women’s World Cup final between the United States and Netherlands. Frappart awarded a penalty after a video review that was scored by the USA Megan Rapinoe to give the Americans the lead in a 2-0 victory.
Frappart, who started refereeing when she was 13-years-old, has been breaking down barriers the last two years. Only weeks prior to the Women’s World Cup, she became the first women’s ref to work a French Ligue 1 match when Amiens faced Strasbourg in April 2019.
She also officiated her first Europa League game in October when Leicester City hosted Zorya Luhansk.
In 2019, Frappart told Telegraph Sport that she was not “afraid” of the extra scrutiny that comes with being a women’s game official in the men’s game.
“I think we’re the same,” Frappart said. “We have to prove technically and tactically [we’re ready]. I’m not afraid about that. Nothing changes about me.”
UEFA chief refereeing officer Roberto Rossetti made the decision to appoint Frappart for the Super Cup.
“She’s good. She’s really good,” he said. “She did a great season last season. She did a great World Cup technically she is good physically. She runs a lot. Mentally she is very strong. This is the main reason. I hope she will inspire thousands and thousands of young female referees around the world.”