Who is Kateryna Monzul? Female referee set to take charge of Andorra vs England

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Kateryna Monzul will lead an all-female refereeing team in Andorra la Vella  (BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)
Kateryna Monzul will lead an all-female refereeing team in Andorra la Vella (BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

Kateryna Monzul is set to become the first woman to referee a senior England men’s match when she takes charge of Gareth Southgate side’s World Cup qualifier against Andorra.

The Ukrainian has been appointed to the Group I fixture as part of an all-female refereeing team, with both of her assistants and the lead VAR women.

Monzul’s compatriots Maryna Striletska and Svitlana Grushko are her assistants, while France’s Stéphanie Frappart, the first woman to officiate a men’s Champions League match, is the VAR.

The 40-year-old Monzul has been refereeing at international level for more than 16 years.

Possessing a degree in architecture and town planning, she is fluent in English and took charge of the 2015 Fifa Women’s World Cup Final.

Monzul made history last year when she led an all-female refereeing team for the Nations League game between San Marino and Gibraltar, the first time this had occurred for a senior men’s international fixture.

In March she took charge of Austria’s World Cup qualifying win against the Faroe Islands, a day after Frappart had refereed the game between the Netherlands and Latvia.

“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,” Pierluigi Collina, the chairman of Fifa’s referees committee, said at the time.

In English football, Rebecca Welch became the first female Football League referee when she oversaw the League Two clash between Harrogate Town and Port Vale in March.

Sian Massey-Ellis has been a Select Group assistant referee for ten years and is a regular on the touchlines of the Premier League.

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