Making football history, when she stepped out to take charge of the Juventus vs. Dynamo Kyiv Champion’s League game, the name ‘Stephan Frappart’ was talked about all over the world's media.

Having inspiring young girls everywhere, the 37-year-old became the first woman to take charge of a men's match in a major UEFA competition when Liverpool and Chelsea met in the 2019 Super Cup. That year, she also refereed the Women's World Cup final between the United States and the Netherlands, and has refereed French Ligue 1 games since 2019.

Unmoved, though, by the worldwide attention she is receiving, a stoic Stephan said: "I never read newspapers about me. I make my bubble. I know that in football everybody speaks about referees and performance.

"I still ignore everything. I prefer it like this."

Having played football from the aged 10, she took charge of her first Europa League game in October when Leicester City hosted Zorya Luhansk. Since then, she said that refereeing at the men's World Cup in 2022 would be a bonus for her. A presence in those types of high-profile games would be a bound and would inspire young girls watching to follow in her foot-steps.

She said: “This would be a great pleasure. I know that I am a role model.

"Young women are watching TV, so I know that if I am here on the field they can see that it's possible.”

Having been in the pool of referees for top flight men's football in France for the 2019/20 season, Stephan Frappart has proved, over a number of years, that she is one of the best referees, not just in Europe but across the world.