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Yoshimi Yamashita Biography – Yoshimi Yamashita Wiki
Yoshimi Yamashita is a Japanese professional football referee. She registered as a women’s Level 1 referee in 2012, an international referee in 2015, and a Level 1 referee in 2019.
Yamashita became captivated by soccer from an early age under the influence of her older brother. While studying at Tokyo Gakugei University, she was half-forced, and half-coaxed into being a referee by her senior and mentor, Makoto Bosono, who is also a soccer referee.
After graduating from university, she continued to work as a referee while also playing the sport. And in the fall of 2010, Yamashita obtained a Level 2 qualification to serve as an assistant referee in the Nadeshiko League. The WE League, a fully fledged pro circuit, was established in 2020, replacing the Nadeshiko League as Japan’s top women’s league.
Around 2015, when she was registered as an international referee, Yamashita started working on improving her running ability with a coach specializing in sprinting. In 2019, Yamashita passed the same test standards as the men, such as six 40-meter runs in a row in under six seconds, to become a Level 1 referee.
Yamashita has served as a chief referee at several major tournaments, including the 2016 and 2018 U-17 Women’s World Cups, the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France, and the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. She is the first woman to sign a professional contract with the Japan Football Association, effective from August 1, 2022, to January 31, 2023.
In May 2022, Yamashita was named alongside Stephanie Frappart of France and Rwanda’s Salima Mukansanga as officials for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The trio is set to make history in Qatar as the first female referees to officiate at a men’s FIFA World Cup.
In another first, they will be joined by Neuza Back of Brazil, Mexico’s Karen Díaz Medina and Kathryn Nesbitt from the United States, who were named among 69 assistant referees for the tournament, according to FIFA.
Yoshimi Yamashita Age
Yamashita was born on 20 February 1986 in Nakano Ward, Tokyo, Japan. She is 36 years old as of 2022.
Yoshimi Yamashita Nationality
She is of Japanese nationality.
Yoshimi Yamashita Salary
At the 2022 FIFA World Cup, referee Yoshimi Yamashita will receive a contracted pay of over $70,000. For officiating each game, a match referee receives over $ 3,000.