Michelle O'Neill among referees named for Women's World Cup

Michelle O'Neill among referees named for Women's World Cup Michelle O'Neill among referees named for Women's World Cup
Grace Fisher

Wexford native Michelle O'Neill is one of those named on Fifa's panel of referees for the upcoming Women's World Cup, which is set to be played this summer in Australia and New Zealand.

O'Neill is one of 55 assistant referees. 33 referees were also named, as were 19 video match officials (including, for the first time, six female video match officials).

O'Neill is the only Irish official named. She has officiated at two previous Women's World Cups, acting as an assistant referee during the 2019 final when the US defeated the Netherlands. She also worked at the most recent Olympics in Tokyo and last summer's European Championships in England.

Stephanie Frappart, who made history in December when she became the first woman to referee a Men's World Cup Match, is on the new list of referees, as are Karen Diaz and Neuza Back, who acted as her assistants during that game.

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"As always, the criteria we have used is 'quality first' and the selected on-field match officials represent the highest level of refereeing worldwide," said Pierluigi Collina, chairman of the Fifa referees committee.

"We all remember the very successful Fifa Women's World Cup 2019 in France. The high standard of refereeing contributed significantly to that success. The aim for the Fifa Women's World Cup New Zealand and Australia 2023 is to repeat that success and to convince again with excellent referees' performances."

The 2023 World Cup is the first major tournament Ireland's WNT has qualified for.

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