Frappart Makes History As First Woman To Referee A Men’s UCL Match

Stephanie Frappart became the first female referee to officiate a men’s UEFA Champions League match on Wednesday, taking charge of the Juventus-Dynamo Kyiv game in Turin. 

Frappart is a well-known name in the officiating world. She ref’d the 2019 Women’s World Cup final in which the USWNT beat the Netherlands 2-0. Later that year, she called the UEFA Super Cup match between Liverpool and Chelsea. Additionally, Frappart became the first woman to officiate a Ligue 1 match last April in a game between Amiens and Strasbourg. In October, Frappart officiated a Europa League match between Leicester City and Zorya Luhansk. 

Frappart wasn’t the first woman to take officiate a UEFA men’s match. That honor went to Nicole Petignat, who called three UEFA Cup qualifying matches from 2004-2009. 

Frappart oversaw a match Wednesday that Juventus, which had already qualified for the knockout rounds, took a 3-0 lead over Dynamo in the first 75 minutes. American Weston McKennie started for the Italian giants.

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