Bundesliga Appoints Bibiana Steinhaus As First Female Referee
Bibiana Steinhaus will become the first female to referee in the Bundesliga.
The 38-year-old police officer has been named as one of four new referees in Germany’s top flight for 2017-18.
Steinhaus has refereed second-tier games for six years.
“For us all, it’s a dream has come true. I’m very much looking forward to the task that awaits me,” said Steinhaus, who will referee the Women’s Champions League final between Lyon and Paris St-Germain in Cardiff on 1 June.
The German Football Association (DFB) hopes the announcement will encourage more females to become referees.
DFB president Reinhard Grindel said: “Hopefully the first female referee in the Bundesliga is an incentive for many young girls in this country to try to emulate her.”