Bibiana Steinhaus

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Bibiana Steinhaus
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Steinhaus in 2008
Born (1979-03-24) 24 March 1979 (age 38)
Bad Lauterberg, West Germany
Other occupation Police officer
Years League Role
1999–2001 Women's Bundesliga Referee
2001–2011 Regionalliga Referee
2011– 2. Bundesliga Referee
Years League Role
2005 FIFA listed Referee
Steinhaus officiating Birgit Prinz's testimonial match in 2012.

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 Bundesliga, after that she was selected to officiate in the Regionalliga. In 2003, she was the main referee for the 2002–03 Women's 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.[1]

Before becoming a referee like her father, she played for SV Bad Lauterberg.

She was selected to officiate the women's football gold medal match in the 2012 London Olympics, also between Japan and United States.[2]


  1. ^ "Bibiana Steinhaus pfeift Finale der Frauen-WM" (in German). Der Westen. 15 July 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Women's Football". 9 August 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 

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