Referee Steinhaus promoted as 1st women in Bundesliga

Solenn Plantier
Mai 20, 2017

The 38-year-old, who refereed the Women's World Cup final in 2011 and will be in charge for next month's Women's Champions League final in Cardiff, has worked in the German second tier since 2007.

Bibiana Steinhaus will become the first female Bundesliga referee from next season.

Michael Oliver's partner runs the line in the National League North after being promoted to Level 3 two seasons ago - two away from officiating at elite level.

Also a police officer, she has worldwide experience at the highest level having refereed the final of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup and the women's gold-medal match at the London 2012 Olympics.

Bibiana Steinhaus is one of four new Bundesliga referees that the presidency of the DFB (German football association) signed off at a meeting at the DFB's headquarters on Friday.

Steinhaus said hopes that her promotion will have a positive impact on aspiring young women and will open doors for those that either previously weren't considered for a similar position or they themselves didn't see as a possibility. That's why I was not particularly surprised when he called me on Wednesday. It was simply a turbulent roller coaster ride of emotions. That this dream will come true naturally filly me with joy.

"It is on the one hand confirmation for the hard work I've done to get here, on the other hand also great incentive to continue to work".

She said: "I am very much looking forward to the task that awaits me".

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