Hege Lanes Steinlund

Hege Lanes Steinlund (born 23 December 1969) is a Norwegian former football assistant referee, who officiated women's and men's matches in Norway and Sweden between 1986 and 2013. She is a FIFA-accredited referee, and is believed to have officiated in more international matches than any other Norwegian referee, male or female.

Hege Lanes Steinlund
Dommerne Ken Henry Lund, Hege L. Steinlund, Vibeke Larsen (cropped).jpg
Steinlund in 2007
Born (1969-12-23) 23 December 1969 (age 51)
Furuflaten, Norway
Other occupation Teacher
Years League Role
? – ? 1. divisjon Assistant referee
2007–2013 Eliteserien Assistant referee
? – 2013 Allsvenskan Assistant referee
Years League Role
1997–2013 FIFA Listed Assistant referee

Personal lifeEdit

Steinlund is from Furuflaten, Norway.[1] She has worked as a teacher at Bardufoss High School.[2] Her husband is Swedish.[3]


Domestic careerEdit

In 1986, Steinlund began refereeing in Troms as an assistant referee.[2] In 2003, Steinlund broke her right leg and left arm in a car crash that left her with physical ailments.[2][4] In 2004, she was declared fit enough to continue refereeing.[2]

In 2007, Steinlund was assistant referee of a men's Eliteserien match, between Odd Grenland and Strømsgodset. It was the first time she had refereed an Eliteserien game, but she had previously been assistant referee at 1. divisjon matches.[1] In 2010, she was assistant referee for the men's Norwegian Football Cup final. It was the first time that a woman had officiated the event.[2] She also officiated in the Swedish Allsvenskan league.[3]

Steinlund retired from refereeing in 2013. She had been a referee for 27 years,[4] and had been assistant referee in 86 Eliteserien matches.[5] The main reason for her retirement was due to her physical ailments from the car crash in 2003.[6]

International careerEdit

In 1997, Steinlund became a FIFA-accredited referee.[7] and in 2004, she began officiating international matches.[3] She was not allowed to officiate matches involving Sweden, due to her work in the Swedish leagues and because her husband is Swedish.[3] She was an assistant referee at the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship,[2] and the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women's World Championship. She had to request permission from her teaching job in order to attend the 2006 competition.[3] Steinlund was an assistant referee at the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup in China.[1] Her final international match was the UEFA Women's Euro 2013 quarter final between Italy and Germany.[3] She was the oldest assistant referee at the Championships.[3] Steinlund is believed to have officiated in more international matches than any other Norwegian referee, male or female.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Hege skal dømme Odd – Godset". Dagbladet (in Norwegian). 16 July 2007. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Hege (43) satt fastklemt i en krasjet bil og så beinsplintene gjennom buksa". Nordlys (in Norwegian). 13 December 2013. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Legger flagget på hylla". Troms Folkeblad (in Norwegian). 25 July 2013. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Nå slipper hun hetsen". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). 4 December 2013. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  5. ^ "FOTBALL-VM: MENNENE FÅR FAIR PLAY-BANK AV KVINNENE". Verdens Gang (in Norwegian). 8 July 2019. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  6. ^ "Nå slipper hun hetsen". Aftenbladet (in Norwegian). 4 December 2013. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  7. ^ "Nær døden etter bilulykke". Dagbladet (in Norwegian). 4 May 2004. Retrieved 26 April 2020.

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