As France outclassed South Korea in the FIFA Women's World Cup opener on June 7, Claudia Umpierrez officiated the clash. The referee from Uruguay is one of the 26 female referees who will officiate at women's football extravaganza in France.
A total of 73 match officials - 26 referees and 47 assistant referees - were selected from 42 different countries.
"These referees are here because they earned the right to be here – they are the best. We started out with 300 officials from six confederations and now we have chosen the best 73. We selected them based on just one criterion: quality," said Pierluigi Collina, Chairman of the FIFA Referees' Committee.
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"We have worked hard for four years, just like the national teams striving for success at this World Cup. It is just as important for us referees to feel and live out our passion for football as it is for players, so that we can enhance and protect the sport’s image," said Massimo Busacca, Head of FIFA’s Referees' Department.
Here is a list of the 26 referees - all women.
Asian Football Confederation (AFC)
Confederation of African Football (CAF)
Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF)
South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL)
Oceania Football Confederation (OFC)
Union of European Football Associations (UEFA)
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