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French official to make history by refereeing England men v Australia game at Wembley

Monday 09 Oct 2023
The French referee will become the first woman to oversee an England men's senior international at Wembley Stadium

Stéphanie Frappart will lead the team of match officials taking charge of the upcoming international fixture between England and Australia at Wembley Stadium connected by EE.

Joining Frappart on Friday 13 October will be assistant referees Mikael Berchebru and Aurélien Drouet and fourth official Hakim Ben El Hadj, with VAR Mathieu Vernice and Assistant VAR Nicolas Rainville completing the lineup of French officials.

The trailblazing referee was the first woman to referee in men’s Ligue 2 and Ligue 1 in France and then became the first woman to referee in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Super Cup.

During Qatar 2022, Frappart became the first woman to referee a men’s FIFA World Cup fixture, and this will be another historic milestone for our game as she becomes the first female official to take charge of a men’s international match at Wembley Stadium.

The process for appointing match officials for non-competitive internationals sees the FA approach other international federations with regards officials for these games, and when the French Football Federation indicated Stephanie's availability, we were keen to take this opportunity.

Peter Elsworth, our head of refereeing operations, said: “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.

"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.”

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By Communications department