KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Referee Yoshimi Yamashita and assistants Makoto Bozono and Naomi Teshirogi are set to turn into the primary all-female crew to officiate in one of many Asian Soccer Confederation’s continental membership competitions.

The AFC mentioned all three girls handed a health take a look at that matched the necessities for male officers, and described the appointment for Wednesday’s AFC Cup Group F match between Yangon United of Myanmar and Naga World of Cambodia as a “well timed enhance” contemplating the referees have been amongst 12 Asian match officers concerned within the Girls’s World Cup in France subsequent month.

Yamashita has beforehand officiated on the under-17 Girls’s World Cup and the Girls’s Asian Cup.

“That is considered one of my desires,” Yamashita was quoted as saying Tuesday. “It is an vital achievement for us as a result of it is the primary time three girls will officiate in an AFC membership competitors and it comes earlier than the Girls’s World Cup.

“I’ve to thank the AFC for giving us this chance to affix the historical past books in girls’s refereeing in Asia.”

Assistant referee Teshirogi mentioned she was anticipating a troublesome project as a result of the male gamers “have totally different personalities and temperament.”

“Sooner or later, we hope to set the instance for extra feminine referees to take the leap to officiate in males’s soccer matches,” Teshirogi mentioned. “Extra girls handed the boys’s health take a look at, in order that reveals how motivated the ladies referees are.”

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