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Bibiana Steinhaus becomes the Bundesliga's first female referee

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Bibiana Steinhaus becomes the Bundesliga's first female referee

In this Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009 file photo, German referee Bibiana Steinhaus is seen during the first round Women's Euro 2009 soccer match between England and Italy in Lahti, Finland. Referee Bibiana Steinhaus has been promoted to the Bundesliga next season as the first women working games in Germany’s top division. Steinhaus says she feels “disbelief, delight, joy, relief, curiosity,” in an interview published on the Germany soccer federation’s website on Friday, May 19, 2017.

Matthias Schrader

AP

Policewomen and Howard Webb's partner, the 38-year-old's dream is finally set to come true. Until now, she had been refereeing in the German second division.

The German Football Federation (DFB) announced on Friday that Bibiana Steinhaus is set to move up to the top division next season, when she will become the first female match official to oversee a Bundesliga match.

Bibiana Steinhaus pictured during the 2011 Women's World Cup finals in Germany.

Steinhaus, an experienced ref at international level

Until now, Steinhaus has been refereeing in Germany's second division - the 2. Bundesliga and has acted as the fouth official in a number of top flight games. Steinhaus was designated as one of the refs at the Women's World Cup finals in 2011 and 2015 as well as the 2012 London Olympics. She will be in charge of overseeing this year's Women's Champions League final between Vero Boquete's PSG and Irene Paredes' Olympique Lyon in Cardiff on 1 June.

Bibiana Steinhaus (right) at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

It's a dream finally come true, says Steinhaus

"My dream has always been to referee professional football matches. And naturally, I am filled with happiness that this dream will at last become a reality", Steinhaus told the DFB web site. Steinhaus was born in Hannover, is 38 years of age and combines her refereeing with her job as a policewoman.

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