ZURICH/MONTEVIDEO: Canada’s Marie-Soleil Beaudoin, who refereed Saturday’s final of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in which Spain defeated Mexico 2-1 in Montevideo, is among the match officials for the senior Women’s World Cup next year in France.
The 36-year-old professor of physiology from Quebec will join 26 other referees and 48 assistant referees, representing 42 different countries.
Their journey began, for an initial group of female referees and assistant referees, in September 2015, when FIFA officially started its Road to France 2019 women’s refereeing project.
As part of this project, preparatory seminars have taken place over the last three years for referees and assistant referees, focusing on protecting players and the image of the game, as well as on consistency in interpreting the Laws of the Game. Technical expertise, football understanding, fitness and the ability to read the game and teams’ tactical approaches to each match have been the main topics covered at these seminars.
The referees selected for the next FIFA Women’s World Cup™, the most important competition in women’s sport, have demonstrated their skills at previous tournaments, including the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Jordan 2016 and Uruguay 2018, as well as the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea in 2016 and this summer in Brittany, France.
Preparation will continue for the selected match officials between now and the start of France 2019. There will be a number of further preparatory seminars, while the FIFA referee instructors will carry out observation work and provide ongoing support and guidance. Every effort is being made to ensure that the officials will be 100% ready for the big occasion.
The FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 will be played from 7 June to 7 July in Grenoble, Le Havre, Lyon, Montpellier, Nice, Paris, Reims, Rennes and Valenciennes. The final will take place in Lyon on Sunday, 7 July 2019.