Tokyo: Yoshimi Yamashita became Japan's first woman professional football referee on Monday and said she was happy to "make a splash" as she prepares to create history at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
Yamashita, 36, was named in May alongside France's Stephanie Frappart and Rwanda's Salima Mukansanga as officials for Qatar 2022 later this year – the first women to referee at a men's World Cup.
Yamashita has now signed a professional contract with the Japan Football Association and spent her first day on the job giving a talk to school children. .....
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