PGMOL’s first women’s select group director Bibiana Steinhaus-Webb gives a unique insight into refereeing in the women’s game. She believes that the refereeing has a lot of room for improvement. She paved the way for referees and was appointed to oversee the officiating in the Women’s Super League recently. She also talks about the introduction of VAR and the upcoming European Championships.
“We are on an amazing journey in the women’s game. Everybody wants to develop the women’s game as much as possible and we as referees want to keep up with it and develop ourselves in the best way possible,” Bibiana Steinhaus-Webb said. “I’m so happy that we can be here today to talk about that, what we’re all doing, what we’re all putting in there, how much effort the girls are putting in there to be the best at 3 pm kick-off time. We have an amazing bunch of officials. We have 32 female officials within the women’s game, but we have a lot of male supporters as well, which is really great. The teamwork in-between is perfect, I couldn’t ask for more.”
“The strategy around the women’s game was convincing. The real will to develop the women’s game and put structures and strategies around it, to make that happen. The teamwork from all stakeholders has absolutely convinced me to come over and help the referees here to grow,” she added. “Not only the competition department not only the league, the FA and PGMOL as well. They have promised a lot of support and here we are, putting a lot of support around the female officials in the women’s game to make sure that they benefit from the professional structure of the PGMOL in the best way possible and can live their dream to become the best they can be.”