Salima Mukansanga

Salima Mukansanga (born 1988) is an international football referee from Rwanda who is a listed international referee for FIFA since 2012.[1][2][3] She was an official at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France.[4][5] In 2022, Mukansanga became the first woman to referee at the African Cup of Nations,[6] leading out an all-woman officiating team of Fatiha Jermoumi (Morocco), Carine Atemzabong (Cameroon), and Bouchra Karboubi (Morocco) as the VAR.[7] She has officiated at the Olympics, FIFA Women's World Cup, Africa Women Cup of Nations and CAF Women's Champions League. In 2022 she was one of three women referees selected to officiate at the FIFA World Cup to be hosted in Qatar.[8] Mukansanga became the first female African to officiate at the men's top football event on 22 November 2022.[9][10] She was the fourth official when France, the defending champions, defeated Australia 4–1.[9] She was recognized as one of the BBC 100 Women in December 2022.[11]

Salima Mukanzanga
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Born 1988 (age 34–35)
Years League Role
2012- FIFA listed Referee

Early lifeEdit

Mukansanga initially was involved in basketball but took up a career in football after being told that she was too young to join the national under-17 basketball squad. She approached the Rwanda Football Federation about joining a refereeing course after finishing secondary school but this was declined on the basis of her being too young again. She would later be allowed to take up a course with them after learning the laws of football herself in her own time.[12] At the start of her career, Mukansanga officiated men's local amateur football matches and women's national second division matches in Rwanda.[13]


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  6. ^ "Referee Salima Mukansanga creates history, becomes first woman to take charge of AFCON match". WION. Reuters. 19 January 2022. Retrieved 19 January 2022.
  7. ^ "Salima Mukansanga: First Female Referee at Afcon". The Kenya Forum. 10 January 2022. Retrieved 10 January 2022.
  8. ^ "Female referees to officiate at men's World Cup for the first time". the Guardian. 19 May 2022. Retrieved 19 May 2022.
  9. ^ a b Nsabimana, Eddie (23 November 2022). "Rwanda's Mukansanga makes her World Cup debut". The New Times. Rwanda. Retrieved 10 December 2022.
  10. ^ "Qatar 2022: See all six African referees selected for World Cup". Citi Sports Online. 20 May 2022. Retrieved 21 May 2022.
  11. ^ "BBC 100 Women 2022: Who is on the list this year?". BBC News. Retrieved 10 December 2022.
  12. ^ Karoney, Celestine (18 November 2022). "World Cup 2022: Salima Mukansanga to 'open doors' for female officials". BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 November 2022.
  13. ^ "Salima Mukansanga: I never dreamed of officiating at the men's World Cup". Confederation of African Football. 20 November 2022. Retrieved 20 November 2022.

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