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A World Cup first: Qatar to feature female referees Updated: 2022-05-20 05:27:49 KST

Football's governing body FIFA announced on Thursday that female referees will officiate matches at the men's World Cup for the first time in Qatar this year.
Taking place from November 21st to December 18th, football's biggest sporting event will see three female referees and assistant referees oversee matches.
Hailing from countries around the world, the 6 officials will join the 36-strong referee team, and 69 assistant referees selected for the tournament.
According to the FIFA Referees Committee chairman, the selection criteria used was 'quality first', with the process having started several years ago.
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