Felix Brych (photo) was chosen for the third time Germany's Referee of the Year, after having already been awarded the same title in 2012/2013 and 2014/2015. The 40-year-old referee from München refereed 3 matches, including a quarter-final, at the Euro 2016 in France, as well as a semi-final in the UEFA Champions League. The woman Referee of the Year was chosen Riem Hussein, who previously won the same title in 2012/2013.
Former FIFA referee Lutz-Michael Fröhlich (Berlin) is the new refereeing chief of the German Football Association (DFB). The 58-year-old graduate in communications management takes over the task of Herbert Fandel, who had announced his retirement in January. "I am not a patriarch, but rather see myself as a communicative person, who wants to solve problems together with the team", said Fröhlich during a referee course in Grassau (Bavaria).