Bibiana Steinhaus becomes the Bundesliga's first female referee

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And she took charge of the women's gold medal match between Japan and the US at the 2012 Olympic Games. Steinhaus will be the first female referee in Europe's top five leagues.

Referee Bibiana Steinhaus has been promoted to the Bundesliga next season as the first women working games in Germany‚à "ôs top division".

The German Football Association (DFB) announced that Steinhaus - the first female professional referee in German football - has overseen games in the 2.

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"It has always been my dream to referee in the Bundesliga".

German Football Federation president Reinhard Grindel added: "I would like to thank the referees' committee for their decision that consistent work and consistently good performance in the field of referees will be rewarded, irrespective of gender".

"I would hope that the current developments will also have a positive impact on newcomers [female referees], or those who want to become one".

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Steinhaus said she experienced "a complete roller coaster of emotion" upon hearing the news that she was among the four new lead referees selected to take charge of matches next season.

"On one hand it is confirmation of my hard work, and on the other hand it is a great incentive to continue to work hard".

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