First female referee to officiate Super Cup is ready for spotlight

Stephanie Frappart

When Stephanie Frappart takes charge of the Uefa Super Cup between Chelsea and Liverpool on Wednesday, it could be argued it’s not even the biggest game she has refereed this summer.

The French official will make history by becoming the first female to officiate in a major men’s European match on Wednesday.

But having also taken charge of the Women’s World Cup final in July and Ligue 1 matches in France since April, she says she won’t be feeling any extra pressure.

“We train a lot of all the time, so we are not afraid because we are always ready for all the games,” the 35-year-old said.

Frappart admits her “life has changed” since she was appointed earlier this month as part of an all-female on-field referee team for the match between last season’s Champions League and Europa League winners.

She will line up alongside assistant referees Manuela Nicolosi of Italy and Michelle O’Neill from the Republic of Ireland, who also joined her at the World Cup.

Turkish male referee Cuneyt Cakir will be the fourth official in his home city of Istanbul.

“I’m now popular all over the world,” Frappart added. “But I was also appointed in Ligue 1, so I know the feelings and emotions and how to manage them and how to train for [the occasion].

“This is not my first appointment.”

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