World Cup qualifier: Kateryna Monzul will be the first female referee in England men's international

AFP
London, United Kingdom Published: Oct 09, 2021, 04:53 PM(IST)

Kateryna Monzul Photograph:( AFP )

Story highlights

Kateryna Monzul will become the first woman to referee an England men's international when Gareth Southgate's team face Andorra in a World Cup qualifier.

Kateryna Monzul will become the first woman to referee an England men's international when Gareth Southgate's team face Andorra in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday.

The Ukrainian will be joined by assistant referees Maryna Striletska and Svitlana Grushko, both also from Ukraine, in an all-female on-pitch officiating team at the Estadi Nacional in Andorra la Vella.

ALSO READ: WATCH: Fire breaks out at stadium ahead of England's World Cup qualifier against Andorra

France's Stephanie Frappart -- the first woman to referee a Champions League match -- will be the video assistant referee, with other officiating roles filled by men.

Monzul, 40, was part of the first all-female refereeing team to take charge of a senior men's international when she officiated in the goalless Nations League draw between San Marino and Gibraltar in 2020.

ALSO READ: Ireland's footballer Callum Robinson says he hasn't had COVID-19 jab despite contracting the virus twice

She has also officiated at four women's World Cups, including the 2015 final, when the United States beat Japan 5-2.

England top their six-team qualifying group for the 2022 Qatar World Cup with five wins and a draw from their first six matches, while Andorra sit fifth with three points.

Read in App