Stéphanie Frappart became the first woman to referee a qualifying match for a Men’s World Cup, leading the match between the Netherlands and Latvia on Saturday at the Arena Johan-Cruyff in Amsterdam.

“Stéphanie Frappart a little more in history! Congratulations on becoming the first woman to referee a men’s World Cup qualifying match,” tweeted FIFA.

At 37, the French Stéphanie Frappart is climbing the ranks of arbitration at full speed. By refereeing Juventus Turin-Dynamo Kiev in early December, she became the first woman to officiate in the Champions League, and her performance that evening, mastered, had been praised by the press.

Before the Champions League, Frappart had already been entrusted with the European Supercup of August 2019 between Liverpool and Chelsea, after having been the first woman at the whistle in the French second division (2014) then in the men’s Ligue 1 (2019) , where she refereed her first Lyon-Marseille shock in early October.

In September 2020, she had already refereed Latvia, against Malta, in a match counting for the League of Nations.