Bibiana Steinhaus to become first female referee in Bundesliga

Bibiana Steinhaus to become first female referee in Bundesliga

Bibiana Steinhaus to become first female referee in Bundesliga

"It acts as a confirmation of the hard work I have done to get here and an even greater incentive to keep working harder to go further", Steinhaus said.

"Of course, I'm aware that I will be the first (female referee) in the Bundesliga and, especially at the beginning of the new season, will face particular attention from the public and the media". She took charge of the 2011 Women's World Cup final and the showpiece of the women's football tournament at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Bibiana Steinhaus will become the first woman ever to officiate in the German top flight after being named on the DFB's list of referees for the 2017/18 Bundesliga season.

"When Lutz Michael Fröhlich [the head of German referees] informed me, I was quite speechless", Steinhaus told the official DFB website on Friday.

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German FA President Reinhard Grindel said he hoped Steinhaus would not be the last woman to referee in the top league. Meanwhile, the team Demirbay played on at the time, Fortuna Düsseldorf made the player officiate a girls' game as a leaning experience.

"I am used to this pressure and am convinced I will find my feet quickly in the Bundesliga", she said.

Bibiana Steinhaus has been appointed as the first female referee in the Bundesliga. "My goal is that referees in professional football become normal and they simply belong to the game".

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