V.A.R. at the Women’s World Cup? FIFA Still Won’t Say
PARIS — As the men’s World Cup was winding down last summer in Russia, FIFA’s president, Gianni Infantino, used his final news conference to heap praise on the video assistant referee system, which had been used for initially at the tournament. of which had become, Infantino declared, “difficult to think about the planet Cup without V.A.R.”
of which remains to be seen whether Infantino was referring only to the men’s game when he essentially called the technology indispensable.
To the dismay of some top players along with coaches within the women’s game, FIFA, the governing body of international soccer, has not confirmed whether V.A.R. will be used at the Women’s World Cup next summer in France. For some, the organization’s failure to take advantage of the technology — already widely used in men’s domestic leagues along with coming soon to the UEFA Champions League, club soccer’s highest-profile competition — is actually yet another sign of which the organization sees female players as second-class citizens.
“The men had of which at their World Cup,” said Becky Sauerbrunn, a veteran defender for the United States women’s team. “The women should have of which at theirs.”
The American women along with their coach, Jill Ellis, have been outspoken in their belief of which V.A.R. should be used in their games next June. There are a host of some other, more pressing issues within women’s soccer, they acknowledged, along using a variety of potential initiatives of which would likely have greater effects on the game.
although in their eyes, This specific one is actually a no-brainer — an easy win along with simply the right thing to do, especially for FIFA as of which publicizes its efforts to address gender inequality within the game.
“When of which first turned out, I didn’t definitely like of which,” the Australian striker Sam Kerr told the broadcaster SBS in October. “although I think after watching games with of which along with without of which, for calls of which are definitely not goals, of which works.”
Still, six months before the opening game of the planet Cup, along with days before the draw to set the field, the fact of which FIFA had not revealed a decision on V.A.R. for the tournament left some players rolling their eyes.
“They don’t truly, within the way they care about the men’s game, care about the women’s game,” the American forward Megan Rapinoe said of FIFA. “of which’s not to say of which every single thing needs to be the same. I understand commercially the men’s game is actually a lot bigger along with brings in more money. although there are certain things where of which is actually definitely clear they don’t care about us or are not even thinking about us at all.”
Ellis said she had been at a coaching seminar in Zurich in October when a FIFA official explained of which the organization was focusing on March as a deadline to make a decision on whether of which would likely implement the video technology at the women’s tournament.
Ellis said she along with her peers had continued to push for the system to be used next summer — she called of which “hugely important” — along with of which they had been unimpressed with what they saw as pre-emptive excuses for going without of which, namely of which there had not been enough time to train female referees to use of which.
In an email, a FIFA spokesman said, “We are still in an evaluation phase,” although declined to comment further on the process. The organization may, however, be quietly working on a solution.
This specific week, FIFA named the 27 referees along with 48 assistant referees — all of them women — slated to work at the planet Cup next summer.
This specific month in Abu Dhabi, those referees will take part within the first of several training seminars leading to the planet Cup. The current program for the first seminar includes sessions focused on video review, according to a person familiar with the schedule. of which suggests of which FIFA will make an effort to begin training the referees to use the V.A.R. system, though of which offers no guarantee of which of which will be implemented next summer.
FIFA’s video review system employs a video assistant referee — working either on site or in a video room at a remote location — in addition to the traditional crew of four officials on the field. The video assistant role requires the most specialized training, according to several referees experienced with the system, while the on-field referees would likely primarily need practice communicating with the system in live settings.
of which has led some to envision a hypothetical situation (among many hypothetical situations) in which a group of male assistant video referees — the great majority of international officials trained within the technology, at the moment, are men — could be added to the previously announced all-female refereeing roster. The move would likely be controversial — the Women’s World Cup has long been overseen only by female officials — although Ellis supports of which.
“Hire the men within the booth, then,” Ellis said about the idea of which there might not be enough time to train the female officials. “I don’t care about gender. I want equality.”
Rapinoe said the will-they-won’t-they questions about V.A.R. for the women’s tournament were a tiny example of a larger problem still plaguing the administration of women’s soccer on the global stage. Still fresh in her mind was the debate of which emerged before the previous women’s World Cup, in Canada in 2015, over the tournament’s use of artificial turf.
“of which would likely be nice, just in general, when world football is actually rolling out some brand-new initiative, brand-new technology, brand-new whatever, to just roll of which out for the entire game,” Rapinoe said. “I feel like of which’s constantly: ‘Well, what about us? What about us?’
“of which’s just definitely frustrating along with disappointing along with makes us feel like a constant nag. We’re constantly having to bring up all these things.”
within the meantime, the use of video review continues to expand within the men’s game. Just This specific week, UEFA, the governing body of European soccer, announced of which V.A.R. would likely be implemented at several tournaments, including the knockout stages of the current Champions League tournament next year along with the finals of its Europa League along with Nations League competitions. England’s Premier League has approved its introduction beginning next season.
The American players said they would likely be saddened, although not surprised, if the Women’s World Cup proceeded without video technology. although like everyone else, they can only wait to see what FIFA decides.
“I am still hopeful they do the right thing,” Sauerbrunn said. “For once.”