Steinhaus during a Bundesliga game in 2008
24 March 1979 |
|Other occupation||Police officer|
Bibiana Steinhaus (born 24 March 1979 in Bad Lauterberg) is a German football referee. She was the first female referee in German professional football. She became a professional referee in 1999 by officiating matches in the Women's Fußball-Bundesliga, after that she was selected to officiate in the Fußball-Regionalliga. In 2003 she was the main referee for the 2002–03 Frauen DFB-Pokal final between 1. FFC Frankfurt and FCR 2001 Duisburg. She was also selected for the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, UEFA Women's Euro 2009 and 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. On 15 April 2011 she was one of 16 referees for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup where she officiated two group stage matches before she was selected to officiate the final between Japan and United States.
Before becoming a referee like her father, she played for SV Bad Lauterberg.