Bundesliga signs up first woman referee for next season

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"Of course, I am aware that I will be the first female referee in the Bundesliga and will be closely watched by the media and the public", she added, having refereed 80 second-division games since 2007.

Steinhaus, who will referee the women's Champions League final in Cardiff on June 1, is one of four officials who have been promoted to the list of Bundesliga referees for 2017/18.

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

The 38-year-old police officer has overseen Bundesliga 2 matches since 2011, and also refereed the women's gold medal match between Japan and the United States at the London Olympic games in 2012, but she was nonetheless overwhelmed by her nomination.

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Bibiana Steinhaus has officiated men's soccer matches before in Germany's top-flight Bundesliga, but always as an assistant on the sidelines.

"When he informed me in our telephone call about the decision of the referee's commission, I was quite speechless". "And naturally, I am filled with happiness that this dream will at last become a reality", Steinhaus told the DFB web site. "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".

"I'm really looking forward to the task that awaits me".

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