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Frappart to make history as first female Ligue 1 referee

Frappart to become first regular female Ligue 1 referee

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After officiating her first top-flight game in April, Stephanie Frappart has been named as a full-time Ligue 1 referee for the 2019-20 season.

Stephanie Frappart has become the first female to be named in the Ligue 1 referees’ pool ahead of the 2019-20 season.

The 35-year-old made her debut in the French top flight when taking charge of the goalless draw between Amiens and Strasbourg in April.

She has now been promoted by the French Football Federation to officiate Ligue 1 matches on a full-time basis from the start of next season.

Frappart: "It is an honour and a responsibility"

"I am proud and honoured by this nomination," Frappart said. "Being the first woman to become a referee in Ligue 1 is a privilege, an honour and a responsibility."

Frappart will officiate at the Women's World Cup on home soil, with the tournament starting on Friday when the host nation take on South Korea.

The French official follows in the footsteps of Bibiana Steinhaus, who in 2017 became the first female referee to be promoted to a European top flight when she was named as a Bundesliga match official in the 2017-18 season.