Recently, Bibiana Steinhaus was the first female referee in the Bundesliga.She was in charge of the match between Hertha BSC and Werder Bremen.In the Netherlands, a woman in professional football has never been there before, but Shona Shukrula is paving the way to make her debut with the pros.
I hope to be active in professional male football within three to four years.Kevin Blom has indicated that I will be the first one.If I continue to develop well, I will be in the Jupiler League in three years’ time “, says Shukrula talking to the Algemeen Dagblad.The 26-year-old arbiter already whistles matches in the Third Division,”Women deal differently with emotions and in many cases that can be useful on the field”.
I don’t mind that I will get attention, because that is part of it and I’m a little used to it.The KNVB is already pushing me forward and that’s why I’m already in the spotlight,”continues Shukrula, who praises the KNVB’s training programme,” We are well supervised.We get a coach and we can train in Zeist.It certainly offers opportunities.They consciously work on the training and guidance of female arbitrators.
Blom plays an important role in the training of female referees and is very positive about Shukrula,”Shona is a very good referee.She feels the game well, she is one of the guys on the field.She is working hard and has no doubt that she has the potential to reach professional football.
Do you see Shona Shukrula in the professional football flutes within a few years?