Referee Steinhaus promoted as 1st women in Bundesliga

Rosalie Stanley
May 20, 2017

Though it's an enormous honor and a terrific story, Steinhaus doesn't want her first season in the Bundesliga to be judged exclusively on the basis of her being female.

Bibiana Steinhaus has been appointed as the first female referee in the Bundesliga. "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.

Bibiana Steinhaus will become the first woman referee in Bundesliga history when she officiates in Germany's first tier for the 2017-2018 season.

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.

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"Speaking to the DFB's official website, Steinhaus said: "[Referees chief] Lutz Michael Frohlich and his team are in constant exchange with us referees.

"I was quite speechless when I got the call". It was simply a turbulent roller coaster ride of emotions. "That this dream can now become true naturally fills me with great pleasure".

"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".

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