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Salima Mukansanga: Rwandan Female Referee at #WorldCup22

Female referees are to officiate at a men’s World Cup for the first time, Fifa has confirmed, with three female assistant referees joining ...

Female referees are to officiate at a men’s World Cup for the first time, Fifa has confirmed, with three female assistant referees joining them. 

In a breakthrough for gender equality within football, Stéphanie Frappart of France, Rwanda’s Salima Mukansanga and Yoshimi Yamashita of Japan have been included on the list of 36 referees who will take the field in Qatar in November and December.

The trio will be joined by Neuza Back of Brazil, Mexico’s Karen Díaz Medina and Kathryn Nesbitt from the United States, who form part of the 69-strong list of assistant referees.

According to Fifa’s head of refereeing, Pierluigi Collina, the selection of officials was made without consideration to gender. 

“This concludes a long process that began several years ago with the deployment of female referees at Fifa men’s junior and senior tournaments,” Collina said.

“In this way, we clearly emphasise that it is quality that counts for us and not gender. I would hope that in the future, the selection of elite women’s match officials for important men’s competitions will be perceived as something normal and no longer as sensational.

“They deserve to be at the Fifa World Cup because they constantly perform at a really high level, and that’s the important factor for us.”
Salima Mukansanga: Rwandan Female Referee at #WorldCup22 
Frappart is one of the leading referees in women’s football and a trailblazer within the men’s game. In 2019 she refereed the final of the Women’s World Cup and became the first female official of a French Ligue 1 match, and refereed the men’s Uefa Super Cup between Liverpool and Chelsea

The following year she was the first woman to referee a men’s Champions League game and in 2021 the first to referee a men’s World Cup qualifier.

Yamashita, 36, has made a similar breakthrough in Asian competitions. She became the first female referee of a J1 League game in May of last year and this year has taken charge of matches in the Women’s Asian Cup and the Asian equivalent of the men’s Champions League. 

Mukansanga has officiated at the Africa Women Cup of Nations, the CAF Women’s Champions League and the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Fifa has picked 24 men to work on video review technology, with semi-automated VAR for offside decisions still being considered. Two referees were picked from each of Argentina, Brazil, England and France. England’s representatives will be Michael Oliver and Anthony Taylor.

Janny Sikazwe of Zambia, who caused controversy when refereeing a chaotic Africa Cup of Nations game in January while suffering with heatstroke, has also been selected. 

The groups for World Cup 2022 feature a number of intriguing matchups.

Unlike most years, there is not a clear-cut ‘group of death.’ Generally speaking, there tends to be one group that features three or four teams that could contain an outside chance at a deep run in the tournament.

In 2018, Argentina, Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria battled in Group D. Four years prior, Italy, England, Uruguay and Costa Rica had a tight race to make it out of the group.

The groups for World Cup 2022 are well-balanced. Consequently, each game will carry importance as only the top two teams advance after the round-robin three-game first stage.
Groups for World Cup 2022

The groups for the World Cup in Qatar are just about set. Three teams are yet to punch its ticket to the World Cup. A UEFA World Cup qualifying playoff between Ukraine, Scotland and Wales will produce a team in Group B. 

Then, there are two intercontinental playoffs. Peru plays whichever team advances out of Australia and the United Arab Emirates. Finally, Costa Rica and New Zealand go head-to-head for a spot in Group E.

If anything, the group to keep an eye on is Group F. Belgium and Croatia are both strong sides. Four years ago, Belgium finished third while Croatia were runners-up to France. Canada finished on top of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying standings and has one of the most promising players in the world, Alphonso Davies.

The groups for the FIFA World Cup 2022 begin their battles on Monday, Nov. 21. In each group, the order is the same. The first matchday has ‘team 3’ play ‘team 4,’ while teams 1 and 2 play each other.

Then, on matchday two, No. 1 plays No. 3, No. 2 plays No. 4. Finally, the last remaining matchday sees the last remaining game. In this case, team 1 plays team 4 and team 2 plays team 3. - The Guardian/Online Sources 

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