BUNDESLIGA chiefs have confirmed Bibiana Steinhaus will become the country’s first-ever female referee.
The 38-year-old, who also works as a police officer, and is dating Howard Webb, has been predominantly officiating lower league games.
And she took charge of the women’s gold medal match between Japan and the USA at the 2012 Olympic Games.
However, despite her experience on the big occasions, she was still overjoyed at being chosen.
The told the official DFB website: “When Lutz Michael Frohlich [the head of German referees] informed me, I was quite speechless.
“’I feel disbelief, joy, happiness, relief, curiosity — it was simply a roller-coaster ride of emotions!’
“It has always been my dream to be a Bundesliga referee.
“That this dream will come true naturally fills me with joy.
“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.”
Her partner, Webb, was regarded as one of the best referees in the world before retiring.
In 2010, he officiated the Champions League final between Inter Milan and Bayern Munich.
And later became the first Englishman since Jack Taylor in 1974, to referee a World Cup final.