Trailblazing referee to make history in Socceroos clash with England

Stephanie Frappart will become the first female official to take charge of a men’s international match at Wembley Stadium when the Socceroos take on England on Saturday morning (AEDT).

Frappart will be joined by a lineup of French officials, including assistant referees Mikael Berchebru and Aurélien Drouet and fourth official Hakim Ben El Hadj, with VAR Mathieu Vernice and Assistant VAR Nicolas Rainville.

“Stéphanie is an outstanding referee and she has officiated on the highest stage within France, across Europe and recently at the men’s and women’s FIFA World Cup,” Head of Referee Operations at FA Peter Elsworth said.

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“We’re delighted she and her team will take charge of our upcoming fixture against Australia in front of a sold-out crowd at Wembley Stadium and we’re looking forward to welcoming them to the home of English football.”

The French referee became the first woman to officiate a match in both men’s Ligue 1 and Ligue 2.

She was also the first woman to referee a men’s UEFA Champions League and UEFA Super Cup contest, along with at a men’s FIFA World Cup – when she officiated the contest between Germany vs Costa Rica at the 2022 iteration in Qatar.