The Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup would make history has the first time female referees would be used in the premier mens football competition.

FIFA has selected Stéphanie Frappart (France), Salima Mukansanga (Rwanda) and Yoshimi Yamashita (Japan). Assistant refs Neuza Back (Brazil), Karen Díaz Medina (Mexico), Kathryn Nesbitt (US) on list of female refereers for the competition.

Stéphanie Frappart (born 14 December 1983) is a French football referee. She has been on the FIFA International Referees List since 2009, and has refereed several high-profile matches.

She became the first woman to referee a major men’s European match and a French Ligue 1 match, both in 2019, and the first woman to officiate a UEFA Champions League match in 2020.
In 2021, Frappart became the first woman to take charge of a men’s World Cup Qualifying match.