Bibiana Steinhaus, the first female referee in the German Bundesliga, will look after the referees in the women’s super league and championship from this season.

Steinhaus has been named the first Women Select Group Director of Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL).

She will start working with the leagues this month and will take over the position in full this fall.

Steinhaus was elected women’s referee of the year seven times and headed three women’s world championships and three women’s European championships.

In total, she headed 23 men’s Bundesliga games.

Kelly Simmons, Director of Women’s Professional Sports at the Football Association, said: “Bibiana’s appointment is an important milestone in women’s football.

“She has been a trailblazer throughout her career and is known for her professionalism and expertise which our match officials will no doubt benefit from. This is an important appointment in our quest to develop the best women’s leagues in the world.”

Mike Riley, Managing Director of PGMOL, said, “We are delighted to have Bibiana join PGMOL as Director of the Womens Select Group.

“Your references speak for themselves, they are very respected by both the women and the men and I am sure that they will prove to be an excellent asset for us as we continue to professionalize the WSL and women’s championship.”

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