| 24 March 1979 (age 36)
Bad Lauterberg, West Germany (1979-03-24) |
Peter Niemeyer, Riem Hussein, Katrin Rafalski, Herbert Fandel, Jessica Kastrop
Bibiana Steinhaus Wikipedia
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.
Before becoming a referee like her father, Steinhaus played as a footballer for SV Bad Lauterberg.
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 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.
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. She was selected to officiate the women's football gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, also between Japan and the United States.
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 fourth official Riem Hussein. Belgian referee Ella De Vries was appointed as the reserve official.
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.
On 10 September 2017, Steinhaus officiated her first Bundesliga match, a 1–1 draw between Hertha BSC and Werder Bremen.
Steinhaus lives in Langenhagen, and is a trained police officer. In October 2016, it was reported that she was in a relationship with English referee Howard Webb.