Kateryna Monzul will become first woman to referee England men’s match
A senior England men’s match will be refereed by a woman for the first time when Kateryna Monzul takes charge of Saturday’s World Cup qualifier in Andorra.
Monzul will officiate at the Estadi Nacional, with Uefa confirming her fellow Ukrainians Maryna Striletska and Svitlana Grushko as assistant referees. France’s Stéphanie Frappart will be the VAR, though the fourth official and assistant VAR roles will be filled by men – the Ukrainians Denys Shurman and Viktor Matyash respectively.
Monzul became the first woman to take charge of a senior men’s international game with a Nations League match between San Marino and Gibraltar in 2020. She also refereed Austria’s 3-1 World Cup qualifying win over the Faroe Islands in March. Her assistants in Vienna were both male, including Matyash.
Speaking when Monzul and Frappart were announced as referees for the March fixtures, Pierluigi Collina, the chairman of Fifa’s referees committee said: “Fifa will continue to champion the development of female refereeing and I’m confident that the appointment of female match officials to men’s games will be absolutely commonplace in the future.”
Monzul, 40, has refereed at four Women’s World Cups, including the final in 2015 when the United States beat Japan 5-2.