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France’s Top Female Ref To Hit Champions League Stage

Trailblazing Stephanie Frappart will take charge of Juventus v Dynamo Kiev, Wednesday.

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Stephanie Frappart gestures to Pedro of Chelsea, during the 2019 Super Cup final.
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France’s top female referee, Stephanie Frappart, is about to once again blaze a trail for women in the world’s most popular sport.

After becoming the first female to both referee a major men’s UEFA competition match when Liverpool met Chelsea in the 2019 Super Cup in Istanbul and a Europa League group game in October at Leicester City when Zorya Luhansk were the visitors, on Wednesday she becomes the first female to take charge of a men’s Champions League match when Juventus host Dynamo Kiev.

Frappart has been refereeing in French men’s professional soccer since 2011, beginning in the Championnat National (third tier) before graduating to Ligue 2 in 2014. She took charge of her first Ligue Un game in April 2019 between SC Amiens and RC Strasbourg.

After that Super Cup final in 2019, she drew praise from Jurgen Klopp who said, “If we’d played like she whistled, we’d have won 6-0.”

Stephanie also refereed the last Women’s World Cup Final (2019) between USA and Netherlands in her homeland and took charge of two games in Edmonton (USA v Colombia) and Winnipeg (Australia v Nigeria) when the 2015 edition was hosted by Canada.

She also oversaw the Canadian WNT’s exit at the last World Cup being in the middle during the round of 16 defeat to the Netherlands (1-2), in which she yellow-carded Kadeisha Buchanan and Rebecca Quinn.