Fe­male ref­er­ees for AFC Cup game

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Ref­eree Yoshimi Ya­mashita and as­sis­tants Makoto Bo­zono and Naomi Teshi­rogi are set to make AFC Cup his­tory on Wednesday by be­com­ing the first all-fe­male trio to of­fi­ci­ate a match at the tour­na­ment.

The three Ja­panese women will take charge of Yan­gon United’s fi­nal Group F match against Cam­bo­dia’s Naga World af­ter pass­ing a fit­ness test sim­i­lar to the one re­quired for male of­fi­cials, the Asian Foot­ball Con­fed­er­a­tion said.

“This is one of my dreams,” said Ya­mashita. “We’ve worked very hard and this is the re­sult. I have to thank the AFC for giv­ing us this op­por­tu­nity to join the his­tory books in women’s ref­er­ee­ing in Asia.”

Ya­mashita joins the likes of Stephanie Frap­part and Bib­iana Stein­haus, who have of­fi­ci­ated top flight men’s games in France and Ger­many, re­spec­tively.

The Ja­panese trio are also part of the AFC’s list of 12 Asian match of­fi­cials at the Women’s World Cup in France this sum­mer.

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Yoshimi Ya­mashita.

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