FIFA has announced the referees and the assistant referees who will officiate at the forthcoming FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea.
From 32 different countries, 16 Women’s Referee’s and 27 assistants will take charge of the matches.
Since the election of FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, a lot of emphasis, by the world’s most powerful sporting organisation, has been pushing for a lot more participation of women in football.
The appointments of the referees is in line with FIFA’s directional shift away from the traditional male competitions, and the FIFA U20 Women’s world cup in PNG will be the first senior women’s competition that Infantino will witness, and there is speculation that he may be in Papua New Guinea during the tournament.
The world cup will be held in Port Moresby from the November 13 to December 3, spread out across four venues in the city, a deviation away from FIFA’s traditional stance of having multiple host cities within the same country.
The Grand Final will be played on December 3, at the National Football Stadium.