Video Assistant Referee (VAR) has continued its march towards standardization across world football, with FIFA confirming that the technology would be employed at this year’s Women’s World Cup in June.
It will mark the first time that the technology has been used at Women’s football’s premier showcase, or in any major domestic or international football in the women’s game.
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The decision has arrived after a February training camp of 27 referees and 48 assistant referees that will be present in France was conducted in Qatar in order to test whether the technology should be put in place for the tournament – that will run from 7 June to 7 July.
Though VAR has become a flashpoint between fans, players, coaches, officials and administrators ever since its introduction to football, it has gained support for its introduction into the Women’s World Cup, with both England coach Phil Neville and USWNT Coach Jill Ellis both voicing support for its introduction.
“I can’t see them not having it,” Ellis said in 2018
“I think it would be a little bit insulting if we weren’t afforded the same opportunity.
“There’s too much at stake to not have it, and I think our game, our passion, our drive, our motivation is at the same level as the men.”
FIFA President Gianni Infantino also showed off the ball that will be used at the Women’s World Cup during his press conference – before, according to AP, he inadvertently dropped it.
Australia has been drawn in Group C for the World Cup, alongside Italy, Brazil and Jamaica.
The Matildas will meet the United States in a warm-up friendly in Colorado on 5 April in a fixture that is also set to be the official debut of their new World Cup kits.