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Japan's first female World Cup referee gets ready for kickoff

TOKYO, Nov 20 (Nikkei) - Once so reluctant to officiate that she had to be forced into it, Yoshimi Yamashita now stands to make history as one of the first three women -- and the only one from Japan -- to serve as referees at the World Cup.

The trio will be joined by another three female assistant referees at the tournament, which opens Sunday in Qatar. Yamashita hopes that the event will help draw more attention to women in the male-dominated field. ...continue reading

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