As a female referee, this World Cup is a positive step – and a deserved one | Kirsty Dowle

Six female officials from five confederations will take part at the tournament in Qatar and hopefully this marks just the startWomen will officiate at a men’s World Cup for the first time in Qatar – and that is a positive step for female officials across the globe. Three referees and three assistant referees will form part of the 129 match officials who will cover the 64 matches and their selections are nothing to do with gender and all about merit.The 36 referees, 69 assistant referees and 24 video match officials have been selected on their performances during Fifa fixtures and at other international and domestic competitions.

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