Meet Stephanie Frappart, The First Female To Referee UEFA Champions League Game

Stéphanie Frappart is a French football referee.

She has been on the FIFA International Referees List since 2009, and has refereed several high-profile matches.

Stephanie became the first woman to referee a major men’s European match when she took charge of the 2019 UEFA Super Cup between Liverpool and Chelsea on 14 August 2019, in the Vodafone Park of Beşiktaş J.K. Istanbul.

She is set to make another history when Juventus takes on Dynamo Kyiv on Wednesday.

By officiating the game, Stephanie would become the first woman to superintendent a men’s Champions League game as a center referee.

She previously officiated men’s Europa League games, overseeing her first Europa League game when Leicester City welcomed Zorya Luhansk to the King Power Stadium.

Frappart had also refereed the 2019 Women’s World Cup final between the USA and the Netherlands. That game underscored her credentials as one of the most sought after officials in the women’s game, and eased her transition to the echelons of the men’s game.

She has further officiated Ligue 1 games in her homeland of France since 2019.Meanwhile, Swiss referee Nicole Petignat was the first woman to officiate in UEFA organized men’s match when she refereed the UEFA Cup qualification round games between 2004 and 2009.

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