5-speed listening (Bundesliga - Level 1)

Europe's top soccer leagues get first female referee






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Germany has the first female referee in Europe's top leagues. Germany's Bundesliga promoted Bibiana Steinhaus on Friday. She is very happy to be the first top-flight female referee. She said: "It's a dream come true. I'm very much looking forward to [it]." She knows people will be watching her. She said: "I am aware that I…will be closely watched by the media". She said she is used to pressure and that she will get used to her new job quickly.

Steinhaus has a lot of experience. She refereed Bundesliga 2 matches for six years. She also refereed a women’s World Cup final and the women's gold medal match at the Olympics. After she heard about her new job, she was "speechless". She was also happy, relieved and curious. She said: "It was simply a roller-coaster ride of emotions." Her dream was to be a Bundesliga referee. Now that dream has come true.

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