Stéphanie Frappart first female referee in Ligue 1

Stéphanie Frappart is the first female referee in Ligue 1. After two games in the 2018-2019 season in the highest league in France, she now has been promoted to the highest refereeing group in France for the 2019-2020 season. And on October 22nd she made her Europa League debut in the game between Zorya Luhansk and Leicester City.

During the Women’s World Cup she has done two games as fourth official in the group stage and she is appointed to referee Argentina – Japan and Netherlands vs Canada. She is also chosen to officiate the 2019 Women’s World Cup final between USA and The Netherlands.

She also officiated Uefa’s Supercup between Liverpool and Chelsea. “Stéphanie has proved over a number of years that she is one of the best female referees, not just in Europe but across the world,” said Uefa’s referee boss Robert Rosetti about this.

Reaction from Stéphanie Frappart

“I am proud and honored of this appointment, it is a real pleasure”, she tells on the FFF website. “The reward of years of hard work and sacrifices I want to thank the DTA and the CFA (Federal Referees Commission, DRB) for their trust to be the first woman to become a referee Ligue 1 is both a privilege, an honor and a responsibility. And I hope that my career will encourage young girls and women to get involved in arbitration.”

First game: Amiens SC vs RC Strasbourg

The 2019 World Cup referee from France will officiate the game between Amiens SC against RC Strasbourg on the 28th of April.  The mascot walks up the pitch with her and his shirt says: tous arbitres. All referees. A wonderful signal on the day a female referee makes her debut in Ligue 1.

Frappart also officiated OGC Nice vs FC Nantes on May 11.

Stéphanie Frappart during her debut

The French Football Federation (FFF) wants her to prepare the best way possible for the World Cup. Because the video referee will be present at the World Cup, Stéphanie Frappart has a extra benefit now. The VAR this game is top referee Clement Turpin.

After Bibiana Steinhaus in Germany, Frappart is the second referee who will officiate in a European top men’s League.

Stéphanie Frappart makes “huge step”

When she was appointed at the European u19 Women’s final in 2012 Frappart says the step to Ligue 1 would be difficult. It will “very difficult, another huge step up”. Uefa describes her career then as Stéphanie will get the chances see gets very quickly. “Indeed, and a glance at her career to date confirms that when a chance arises she tends to take it, as she has swiftly advanced both domestically and in the international game.

The highlights of the debut game

The refereeing team

  • Referee: Stéphanie Frappart
  • Assistant Referee 1 : Nicolas Danos
  • Assistant Referee 2 : Aurélien Drouet
  • 4th official : Jérémie Pignard
  • VAR: Clément Turpin
  • AVAR: Benjamin Lepaysant
Stéphanie Frappart as referee
Stéphanie Frappart as referee


  • Martin

    Hi there, I just have a quick question. Is the Czech league not considered to be a “European top men’s league”? Both Dagmar Damková (UEFA and FIFA referee committees member) and currently Jana Adámková (2 appointments so far) (used to) referee in the 1st Cezch league.

    Greetings from Slovakia!

    • Jan ter Harmsel

      For me the top countries are England, Italy, Spain, Germany and France. All other countries are considered smaller for me, not with a top league. But I know about these refs. Also Maltese refs have made it to the men’s list and there might be a few more.

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