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The Bundesliga will feature a female referee for the first time next season.

Bibiana Steinhaus of Germany officiates in the women's final soccer match featuring the USA against Japan at the London 2012 Olympic Games in London at Wembley Stadium, August 9, 2012.

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

The 38-year-old police officer has been named as one of four new referees in Germany's top flight for 2017-18.

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". "That this dream can now become true naturally fills me with great pleasure".

"It has always been my dream to be active as a referee in the Bundesliga".

She also officiated during the 2011 and 2015 women's World Cups and the 2012 London Olympics, and will referee the women's Champions League final in Cardiff on June 1.

Her partner, Webb, was regarded as one of the best referees in the world before retiring.

She said: "I am very much looking forward to the task that awaits me". Certainly, as a referee, I am under special scrutiny at the beginning of the season - even through the media.

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