Nelly Viennot (born 8 January 1962) is a French football (soccer) referee. An international woman's referee since 1995, Viennot attracted the attention of the wider football community when she was shortlisted, along with eighty-two other elite referees, as a possible assistant referee in the 2006 World Cup.
Viennot attended a four-day FIFA workshop in Frankfurt, hoping to become one of the sixty referees eventually chosen as assistant referees in the world's largest football tournament. However, she failed a sprint test on the 21 April 2006. She would have been the first ever female referee at a male World Cup; no other referee has come as close to officiating in the tournament.
Viennot's refereeing career began in 1987, and she refereed her first international woman's match on 1 January 1995. Since 2002 she has regularly refereed French football at the top levels, and made appearances in the UEFA Champions League.
She currently lives in Salouel, and cites her non-refereeing occupation as "housewife".
- Viennot's FIFA profile
- "Woman may be World Cup referee", Bangkok Post, date unknown.
- "Female ref hopes to be at World Cup", SLAM sports, date unknown.
- "Viennot won't be first female Cup ref", Associated Press, 21 April 2006.
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