On Thursday, a female referee will lead an international match for the national team for the first time. It is also a first for the experienced Croatian Ivana Martincic.
Special debut in Wolfsburg: referee Ivana Martincic.
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Premiere in DFB history: For the first time, a female referee will lead an international match for the national team. UEFA assigned Croatian Ivana Martincic for the World Cup qualifier on Thursday (8.45 p.m., LIVE! At kicker) in Wolfsburg against Liechtenstein. For the 36-year-old, it is also her debut in an international men’s game. Martincic has headed FIFA games since 2014, including two test matches for the German women’s national team against Sweden and Italy.
The use of Martincic is not a novelty in men’s football. This year, more women had premiered at international men’s games. The French Stephanie Frappart and the Ukrainian Kateryna Monsul, for example, led games in the World Cup qualifiers at the end of March.
Another woman joined the Martincic referee team on Thursday in Sanja Rodak-Karsic as an assistant. Goran Pataki is also on the sidelines. The fourth official, Igor Pajac, and video referee Duje Strukan are also from Croatia.