France's referee Stephanie Frappart during a match. File / Reuters
France's Stephanie Frappart, Salima Mukansanga from Rwanda and Japan's Yoshimi Yamashita are among the 36 match referees. Brazil's Neuza Back, Mexico's Karen Diaz Medina and American Kathryn Nesbitt have been included in the 69 assistant referees.
"We are very happy that ... we have been able to call up female match officials for the first time in the history of a FIFA World Cup," said FIFA Referees Committee chairman Pierluigi Collina.
"This concludes a long process that began several years ago with the deployment of female referees at FIFA men's junior and senior tournaments.
"In this way, we clearly emphasise that it is quality that counts for us and not gender. I would hope that in the future, the selection of elite women's match officials for important men's competitions will be perceived as something normal and no longer as sensational."
All match officials for the finals will participate in early summer in seminars in Asuncion, Madrid and Doha. "We can't eliminate all mistakes, but we will do everything we can to reduce them," said Massimo Busacca, FIFA's Director of Refereeing.
Hailing the UAE for delivering a hugely successful event, Infantino said, "I think that it has been a fantastic event here in Abu Dhabi. There has been great organisation and we have loved Abu Dhabi for many years already, so I must thank Abu Dhabi Sports Council.
Tickets are affordably priced and available for fans across the world, starting at just Dhs20 for a Category 4 ticket up to Dhs200 for a Category 1 final ticket.
Bani Yas' Brazilian midfielder Joao Pedro's goal in the 41st minute it was that reduced the margin for Bani Yas and kept them in the match. The scoreline at the end of the first half stayed the same with Al Jazira leading Bani Yas 2-1.
Barring a surprise, Chennai Super Kings skipper M.S. Dhoni will step out as a player for the last time when his side take on holders Gujarat Titans in the IPL final on Sunday.
Producing a remarkable comeback, Indian Grandmaster Arjun Erigaisi finished on top in the final round of the prestigious 6th Sharjah Masters International Chess Championship 2023. Organised by the Sharjah Cultural & Chess Club, the championship was held under the patronage of His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed
Shubman Gill smashed a third masterful IPL century and fast bowler Mohit Sharma took 5-10 for Gujarat to win by 62 runs with 10 balls to spare.