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Rwandan Mukansanga appointed for FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019

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Kigali: Rwandan Salma Rhadia Mukansanga has been listed among the list of referees that will officiate at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup which will be staged between June 7 and July 7, 2019 in France.

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.

The country’s top woman FIFA/CAF referee is among the 27 appointed referees and 48 assistant referees representing 42 different countries for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019.

The journey to the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019™ began for an initial group of female referees and assistant referees from all over the world 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 per cent ready for the big occasion.

The appointment of Mukansanga comes following her excellent performances at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup which climaxed recently in Uruguay.

During the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, Mukansanga oversaw two group stage matches namely Group A match between Uruguay and New Zealand, Group B match between Japan and Mexico, one quarter-final match between Canada and Germany and the she was the fourth official during the 3rd place match of the tournament which saw New Zealand defeat Canada 2-1 to take the bronze medal.

The 28-year old referee began her refereeing career in 2007 before becoming an international referee in 2012. Since then, she has officiated at major tournaments, including Africa U-17 and U-20 finals as well as senior World Cup preliminary games, 2015 All African Games, and the 2015 CECAFA women challenge that took place in Jinja, Uganda.

This year’s U-17 Women’s World Cup will be the 6th edition since its inception in 2008. North Korea who are defending champions, will be dethroned as they didn’t make it to the last four after being knocked out by Spain 3-1 in the quarter final round on November 24, 2018. (End)



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