French Stephanie Frappart (37) was appointed to lead the match in Amsterdam. No woman has ever fired a whistle at an Orange toy.
Frappart made his debut in the Champions League last year, in the Juventus-Dynamo Kiev match (3-0).
She was also a judge in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final between the United States and the Netherlands. That match was lost 2-0 by the Lionesses.
Frappart has been a referee in the Championnat National League, the third division of men’s football in France, since 2011. She has also been active at the highest level in her home country for a few years now.
Orange captain Virgil van Dijk, now injured, went to Frappart’s test in 2019. She then led the European Super Cup match between Liverpool and Chelsea. Van Dijk said at the time: “If one of them is of good quality, otherwise it would not have been designated for this match, that is fine.” “I think she deserves this match. Take a look at her résumé. She has hit a lot of great matches. Someone’s gender is totally irrelevant.” Coach Jürgen Klopp said at the time that “the time is right”.
The match with Latvia is part of the second round of the World Cup qualifying series. In the first round of play, the Dutch will meet Turkey next Wednesday, and that match will be led by Michael Oliver. João Pedro Silva Pinheiro from Portugal was appointed to Gibraltar – Netherlands on March 30th.