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Bibiana Steinhaus to become Bundesliga's first female referee next season

20 May 2017

Bibiana Steinhaus of Germany officiates in the women's final soccer match featuring the US against Japan at the London 2012 Olympic Games in London at Wembley Stadium, August 9, 2012.

Steinhaus, who also officiated the 2015 women's World Cup final between the United States and Japan, isn't just breaking the glass ceiling in Germany, but it appears in all of European top-flight soccer.

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Steinhaus will become the first female referee in the history of the Bundesliga when she officiates a match next season. It was simply a turbulent roller coaster ride of emotions.

"It was always a dream to reach the Bundesliga, and of course it feels fantastic that this dream has come true".

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Steinhaus made headlines in October 2014 when then Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola put his arm around her shoulders, when she was the fourth official at a Bundesliga game, while arguing about a refereeing decision.

Steinhaus, a police officer, is one of four new referees added to the Bundesliga list but is aware she will face greater scrutiny than fellow newcomers Martin Petersen, Sven Jablonski and Soren Storks. She has been a Federation Internationale de Football Association listed referee since 2005. Certainly I am under special observation - even through the media - at the beginning of the season. "My goal is for female referees in professional soccer to become commonplace".

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Prior to becoming a referee she played for SV Bad Lauterberg.

Bibiana Steinhaus to become Bundesliga's first female referee next season