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List of famous female referees, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female referees list contains the most prominent and top females known for being referees. There are thousand of females working as referees in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic referees have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a referee then the people below should give you inspiration.

List people include Violet Palmer, Amy Rayner and many additional people as well.

While this isn't a list of all female referees, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female referees?" and "Who are the best female referees?"
Bibiana Steinhaus is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Referees
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Bibiana Steinhaus is a German football referee. She was the first female referee in German professional football. She became a professional referee in 1999 by officiating matches in the Women's Bundesliga, after that she was selected to officiate in the Regionalliga. In 2003, she was the main ...more

Age: 38

Birthplace: Bad Lauterberg, Germany

Profession: Police officer, Referee

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Michaela Tabb is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Referees
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Michaela Tabb is a Scottish snooker and pool referee who is known for the significant milestones she established for women officials on the professional snooker tour, where she worked as a referee between 2001 and 2015. Her notable achievements include becoming the first woman to referee at a ...more

Age: 49

Birthplace: Bath, United Kingdom

Profession: Referee

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Violet Palmer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Referees
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Violet Palmer


Violet Renice Palmer is an American basketball referee in the NBA and WNBA and the first female official to reach the highest competitive tier in a major U.S. professional sport. She also earned recognition as a member of two NCAA Division II women's championship basketball teams. Palmer was the ...more

Age: 52

Profession: Referee

Amy Fearn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Referees
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Amy Fearn


Amy Elizabeth Fearn is an English football referee from Loughborough, Leicestershire, who in 2010 became the first woman to referee in The Football League. With a degree in economics and a full-time career in accountancy, having also refereed football since age 14, she became only the second woman ...more

Age: 39

Birthplace: Loughborough, United Kingdom

Profession: Referee