This Thursday (12/1), for the first time in a World Cup, the refereeing trio was composed of three women, among which was assistant referee Neuza Back, a Brazilian physical educator. In all, the federation chose six female referees for the men’s soccer World Cup, but until that match, all games had been refereed by men.
Back, who assisted France’s Stephanie Frappart in the duel between Costa Rica and Germany with Mexico’s Karen Diaz Medina, even participated in the “Encontro” program three months before the start of the World Cup in Qatar, and said that participating in the Cup was “the achievement of a dream”, however, she highlighted that the way to achieve this achievement is more difficult for women.
Repercussions on networks
The historic moment reverberated on social media, both positively and negatively. Some of the mistakes made by the referees early in the game resulted in comments criticizing not only the women’s work, but also the fact that the trio was composed entirely of them.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A FEMALE REFEREEING TRIO, OTHER THAN THE WORST MATCH EVER PLAYED IN THE HISTORY OF THE CUP
%u2014 Lo rite (@rodrigolmn) December 1, 2022
Women in refereeing doesn’t work
%u2014 %u0645%u0627%u0648%u0631%u0648 Mauru (@mauro_marchao) December 1, 2022
Despite this, the first 100% female participation in refereeing in a World Cup game was surprising to some spectators, in addition to much praise.
Seeing women conquering more and more inspiring spaces!! %u2764%uFE0F In the game now, Germany x Costa Rica, we will have the 1st female arbitration trio in the World Cup with a Brazilian presence as well. This is hysterical!!
%u2014 Juliana Paes (@julianapaes) December 1, 2022
NOW THAT I SEE THAT THERE IS A WOMAN ON THE FIELD AS REFEREE OF THE MATCH MY GOD HOW AMAZING
%u2014 flower cake %uD835%uDE78%uD835%uDE7D%uD835%uDE73%uD835%uDE78%uD835%uDE76%uD835%uDE7E %uD83C%uDDE7%uD83C%uDDF7%u26BD (@glowchangel) December 1, 2022
What an amazing female referee refereeing the game, Costa Rica vs Germany
%u2014 Julia (@Bjulials) December 1, 2022
Women command refereeing for the first time in a World Cup, how beautiful
%u2014 Boo (@vitoriabeuu) December 1, 2022
What an important game of the cup%u2026 s women in field refereeing
%u2014 LUANEY %uD83C%uDDE7%uD83C%uDDF7 (@_luanycr) December 1, 2022
Finally women in the refereeing trio of a World Cup game. %u26BD%u26BD%u26BD%uD83D%uDCAA
%u2014 cdgigio (@cdgigio) December 1, 2022
Congratulations to FIFA for choosing a female trio in the Costa Rica x Germany arbitration, breaking barriers and showing that women can act wherever they want.
It was not a goal for Germany, but a goal for gender equality #CRCGER #FIFA World Cup#Qatar2022
%u2014 tertusccp%uD83E%uDD85 (@tertu10) December 1, 2022
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