Bundesliga name First-Ever Female Referee for 2017-18 season

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Bundesliga name First-Ever Female Referee for 2017-18 season

Bundesliga organisers have confirmed that Bibiana Steinhaus will be the first woman ever to referee in the German top flight after the German Football Association (DFB) named her on the list of referees for the 2017-18 Bundesliga season.

The 38-year old female referee who is also is a police officer has officiated in Bundesliga 2 since 2011.

Bundesliga in an official tweet on Friday confirmed the news, saying: "Bibiana #Steinhaus will be the first woman ever to officiate in the #Bundesliga next season - congratulations!"

Steinhaus who has international experience at the highest level having refereed the final of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup and the women's gold-medal match at the London 2012 Olympics.

On both occasions the teams competing were Japan and the United States, with the former prevailing at the World Cup and the latter at the Olympics.

Reacting to the latest news, Bibiana said: "When Lutz Michael Frohlich [the head of German referees] informed me, I was quite speechless.

"I feel disbelief, joy, happiness, relief, curiosity—it was simply a roller-coaster ride of emotions. It has always been my dream to be a Bundesliga referee. That this dream will come true naturally fills me with joy. On one hand it is confirmation of my hard work, and on the other hand it is a great incentive to continue to work hard." said Steinhaus via the DFB website.

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