Bibiana Steinhaus is a German FIFA referee and is ranked as a UEFA women's elite category referee.
Steinhaus began refereeing in the men's Bundesliga 2 in 2007, making her the first female referee in German men's 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. In 2016, she changed her affiliation to MTV Engelbostel-Schulenburg.
Steinhaus was one of the sixteen referees chosen for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, where she officiated two group stage matches and the final between Japan and the United States. Steinhaus was selected to officiate the women's football gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, also between Japan and the United States.
In 2017, Steinhaus was chosen by UEFA as the referee for the 2017 UEFA Women's Champions League Final. One week later, she was promoted by the DFB to officiate in the top-level Bundesliga, for the 2017–18 season, making her the first female referee in the league's history.
Steinhaus was named the female referee of the year by DFB in 2018.
She will be part of a panel discussion on her experiences at the FIFA World Cup and will take part in a classroom discussion on the new FIFA laws.