Historical day for Women in J-league

Referee Yoshimi Yamashita made history on the 16th as she became the first female referee in the history of the J-League Soccer. After the historic debut match, Referee Yamashita stroked her chest saying, “The feeling of relief is the best.” In the 29th year of the J-League, a female referee ruled the match for the first time. With the confidence of her seniors and colleagues, she made her debut, which, according to the Japan Association, was said by both clubs to be “a stress-free referee and they were able to watch it with peace of mind.” She reaffirmed her role by adding “It should be my goal to have female referees in charge of male matches”

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