Bibiana Steinhaus

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Bibiana Steinhaus
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Steinhaus in 2008
Born (1979-03-24) 24 March 1979 (age 39)
Bad Lauterberg, West Germany
Other occupation Police officer
Years League Role
1999– DFB Referee
1999– Frauen-Bundesliga Referee
2007– 2. Bundesliga Referee
2017– Bundesliga Referee
Years League Role
2005– FIFA listed Referee

Bibiana Steinhaus (born 24 March 1979) is a German football referee who is based in Langenhagen. She referees for MTV Engelbostel-Schulenburg of the Lower Saxony Football Association.

Refereeing career[edit]

Steinhaus officiating Birgit Prinz's testimonial match in 2012.

Before becoming a referee like her father, Steinhaus played as a footballer for SV Bad Lauterberg.[1]

Steinhaus became a referee of the club MTV Engelbostel-Schulenburg, and began officiating on the DFB level in 1999, refereeing matches in the Frauen-Bundesliga. In 2001, she then began to officiate in the Regionalliga. In 2003, she was the main referee for the 2003 DFB-Pokal der Frauen Final between 1. FFC Frankfurt and FCR 2001 Duisburg. She began refereeing in the men's 2. Bundesliga in 2007, making her the first female referee in German men's professional football. 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.[2]

She was one of the sixteen referees chosen 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 the United States.[3] She was selected to officiate the women's football gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, also between Japan and the United States.[4]

On 12 May 2017, Steinhaus was chosen by UEFA as the referee for the 2017 UEFA Women's Champions League Final, to be played in Cardiff on 1 June 2017 between Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain. She was joined by assistants Christina Biehl and Katrin Rafalski, with Riem Hussein appointed as the fourth official. Belgian referee Ella De Vries was appointed as the reserve official.[5]

On 19 May 2017, it was announced that Steinhaus was promoted to referee in the top level of German men's football, the Bundesliga, for the 2017–18 season, making her the first female referee in the league's history.[6][7]

On 10 September 2017, Steinhaus officiated her first Bundesliga match, a 1–1 draw between Hertha BSC and Werder Bremen.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Steinhaus lives in Langenhagen, and is a trained police officer with the rank of Chief Inspector. In October 2016, it was reported that she was in a relationship with English referee Howard Webb.[9][10]


  1. ^ "Bibiana Steinhaus - Die Pionierin an der Pfeife" [Bibiana Steinhaus – The pioneer at the whistle]. (in German). Deutsche Welle. 28 June 2011. Retrieved 2 June 2017. 
  2. ^ "Schiedsrichterprofil – Bibiana Steinhaus" [Referee profile – Bibiana Steinhaus]. (in German). German Football Association. Retrieved 1 June 2017. 
  3. ^ "Bibiana Steinhaus pfeift Finale der Frauen-WM" (in German). Der Westen. 15 July 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Women's Football". 9 August 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Bibiana Steinhaus to referee Lyon-Paris final in Cardiff". Union of European Football Associations. 12 May 2017. Retrieved 1 June 2017. 
  6. ^ "Schiedsrichter-Quartett steigt in die Bundesliga auf" [Referee quartet promoted to the Bundesliga]. (in German). German Football Association. 19 May 2017. Retrieved 1 June 2017. 
  7. ^ "Bundesliga appoints Bibiana Steinhaus as first female referee". BBC Sport. 19 May 2017. Retrieved 19 May 2017. 
  8. ^ "Delaney kontert Berliner Effizienz" [Delaney counters Berlin's efficiency]. (in German). kicker-sportmagazin. 10 September 2017. Retrieved 10 September 2017. 
  9. ^ "Bibiana Steinhaus und Howard Webb sind ein Paar - WELT". DIE WELT (in German). Retrieved 19 May 2017. 
  10. ^ "Die ewig übergangene Bibiana Steinhaus und die Schiri-Legende". (in German). 24 October 2016. Retrieved 19 May 2017. 

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