Bundesliga appoints 1st female referee

Bundesliga appoints 1st female referee

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Bibiana Steinhaus will make history next season when she becomes the first woman to officiate a top-flight match in Germany.

The German Football Associated (DFB) announced Friday that Steinhaus was one of four referees to get promoted to the Bundesliga ahead of the 2017-2018 season.

“It’s the big goal for everyone, no matter whether man or woman, to officiate in the Bundesliga,” Steinhaus told the DFB, as translated by ESPN FC.

“I’ve worked incredibly hard for it over the past few years, and also had a few setbacks.”

The 38-year-old added that she’s confident she’ll make a smooth transition despite the expected media spotlight.

“I am accustomed to that pressure, and I am convinced that I will gain a foothold in the Bundesliga soon,” she said.

Steinhaus, who also works as a police officer in Hannover, has officiated 80 matches in the second tier since 2011 and will be the head referee during the UEFA Women’s Champions League final on June 1, when Lyon takes on Paris Saint-Germain.