Steinhaus to become first female Bundesliga ref

Beth Cruz
May 20, 2017

The 38-year-old police officer has overseen Bundesliga 2 matches since 2011, and also refereed the women's gold medal match between Japan and the United States at the London Olympic games in 2012, but she was nonetheless overwhelmed by her nomination.

The Bundesliga has confirmed that Bibiana Steinhaus will become the first women to referee a German top flight match next season after being named on the official list of match officials for 2017/18, becoming the first female referee across Europe's five biggest leagues. "That is why I am happy about the trust the referee commission has shown".

Steinhaus said she experienced "a complete roller coaster of emotion" upon hearing the news that she was among the four new lead referees selected to take charge of matches next season.

She has also worked in the second division of the Bundesliga for a decade. Back in 2015, she sent off Fortuna Dusseldorf's Kerem Demirbay, who responded by saying that "Women have no place in football".


"I am used to this pressure and am convinced I will find my feet quickly in the Bundesliga", she said. Steinhaus coolly brushed him off, while German media heavily criticized the Spaniard, who now manages Manchester City.

Steinhaus has officiated at worldwide level since 2005.

"Hopefully the first referee in the Bundesliga is an incentive for many young girls in our country to emulate her".

"I'm really looking forward to the task that awaits me".

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