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Bundesliga signs up first woman referee for next season

Bundesliga signs up first woman referee for next season

The German Football Association (DFB) have confirmed Bibiana Steinhaus will become the country's first-ever female referee.

German FA President Reinhard Grindel said he hoped Steinhaus would not be the last woman to referee in the top league.

The 38-year-old police officer has been named as one of four new referees in Germany's top flight for 2017-18.

Since 2011, Steinhaus has served in Bundesliga 2 matches and also officiated the US women's national team vs Japan in the 2012 Olympic gold medal match. "And naturally, I am filled with happiness that this dream will at last become a reality", Steinhaus told the DFB web site. It was simply a turbulent roller coaster ride of emotions.

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NOVEMBER 21: referee Bibiana Steinhaus in action during the Second Bandesliga match between TSV 1860 Muenchen and 1.

"It has always been my dream to referee in the Bundesliga. It is on the one hand confirmation for the hard work on the way to here, on the other hand also great incentive as so far to continue to work".

"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".