Stéphanie Frappart makes history as 1st female World Cup ref

Referee Stephanie Frappart, center, assistants referee Neuza Back, left, and Karen Diaz warm up prior to the World Cup group E soccer match between Costa Rica and Germany at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, Thursday. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Referee Stephanie Frappart warms up prior to the World Cup group E soccer match between Costa Rica and Germany at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, Thursday. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

AL KHOR, Qatar — French referee Stéphanie Frappart became the first woman to take charge of a men’s World Cup game on Thursday as she blew her whistle to start Germany’s game against Costa Rica.