Stephanie Frappart will become the first woman to referee a major game in European men’s competition when she takes charge of our Super Cup meeting with Liverpool.
The French official refereed a Ligue 1 match in April as well as last month’s Women’s World Cup final. In Istanbul on August 14 she will be joined by two female assistant referees she worked with in her homeland over the summer, compatriot Manuela Nicolosi and Ireland's Michelle O'Neal. Frappart has been promoted to an elite pool of referees for French top-flight games for the new season.
In a statement, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said: ‘As an organisation, we place the utmost importance on the development of women's football in all areas.
‘I hope the skill and devotion that Stephanie has shown throughout her career to reach this level will provide inspiration to millions of girls and women around Europe and show them there should be no barriers in order to reach one's dream.’
UEFA chief refereeing officer Roberto Rosetti added that Frappart ‘fully deserves’ her chance on this stage and said he hopes ‘this match will provide her with yet more experience as she enters the prime of her refereeing career’.
The three women on the pitch at Besiktas Park will be backed by an all-male supporting cast, with Turkey's Cuneyt Cakir acting as fourth official and Frenchman Clement Turpin leading the VAR unit.
We are trying to win the Super Cup for the second time in our history following our triumph over Real Madrid in Monaco in 1998. We were beaten by Atletico Madrid in 2012 and Bayern Munich, on penalties, a year later. It will be the first time the Super Cup is contested by two English teams. Atletico beat their city rivals Real Madrid in last year’s game.