Once Told ‘women Have No Place In Men’s Soccer,’ German Woman Named Top League’s First Female Referee

Bibiana Steinhaus has officiated men's soccer matches before in Germany's top-flight Bundesliga, but always as an assistant on the sidelines. Beginning next year, however, she'll step into the main role, becoming the league's first female referee to take charge on the field.

"I was quite speechless when I got the call," the 38-year-old told the league's website DFB.de after she and three men were promoted.

"On one hand it was confirmation after all the hard work, but also a great incentive to keep working," she added. "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."

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. According to Newsweek, neither the Premier League or Spain's La Liga have ever allowed a woman to act as the main referee, which unlike other in sports is the sole official on the field of play during a match.


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Source : http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/soccer/ct-bibiana-steinhaus-bundesliga-referee-20170519-story.html

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