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SportWomen's World Cup 2019: Use of VAR becoming a fiasco for tournament officials

20:10  20 june  2019
20:10  20 june  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Women ' s World Cup . The one thing VAR definitely has over the use of instant replay in established American sports leagues is a The NFL has been checking officials ’ calls using video review for more than three decades. But VAR has not been used in the same fashion at the Women ’ s World Cup .

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The one thing VAR definitely has over the use of instant replay in established American sports leagues is a cool acronym. The NFL has been checking officials’ calls using video review for more than three decades. We just called it “replay,” which isn’t interesting at all.

The Video Assistant Referee in soccer is so new that legendary English official Howard Webb was giving a lecture on the process during Major League Soccer’s All-Star celebration just two years ago, and it wasn’t employed at a FIFA World Cup until last summer.

And already it's working dreadfully enough that VAR actually might stand for Video Assailing Reality.

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Three times at this month’s FIFA Women’s World Cup, VAR has been deployed to penalize goalkeepers for moving forward from the goal line before the ball was struck by the penalty taker. In two of those cases — Nigeria’s goalkeeper against France and Scotland’s keeper against Argentina — the move away from the line was a fraction of an inch, at best.

In the kick struck by France’s Wendie Renard against Nigeria’s Chiamaka Nnadozie, the ball traveled wide of the goal, so the keeper’s actions had little to no impact on the play. And still, Renard got a second chance.

It's madness.

"If I give you my honest feelings, they’ll probably send me home,” Nigeria coach Thomas Dennerby told the media afterward. “So it’s better I don’t say anything.”

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With an almost flippancy, the official Women ’ s World Cup Twitter account responded with: “Dear fans. We have noted some of your comments, re: your tickets. There is a real belief that this tournament could signal a qualitative leap forward in the development of women ’ s football across the globe.

LOS ANGELES – The Women ' s World Cup kicked off on June 7, and the referees in charge of making game-changing decisions during the tournament are getting some help. Video Assistant Referee – or VAR – is a review system to help officials make the correct call on a play. A VAR team has access to

ESPN analyst mocked the decision on Twitter, saying, “So this is what we are doing now? Really?”

Scotland keeper Lee Alexander didn’t appear to be in front of the line at all when defending against the first Argentina penalty, and still VAR was deployed to say she’d fouled and a re-take was necessary.

Fox Sports analyst Christie Rampone tweeted the new law regarding a keeper’s positioning on penalties is “ruining” the game for players at that position.

It’s such a fiasco, it’s already being reported that when England's Premier League employs VAR for the first time this autumn, it will not be used to measure whether a goalkeeper has left his line prior to the penalty kick being struck. The referees on the field must make that decision live.

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Referees for the Women ’ s World Cup began training with the video technology this winter at a V.A.R. technology is quickly becoming an indispensable, if still sometimes controversial, presence at the European soccer officials announced in December that they would introduce it for the knockout

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World soccer took a very long time to incorporate some use of this technology into its various competitions. When MLS began using VAR late in its 2017 season, it was one of the first major domestic leagues to use replay.

Webb gave a sort of seminar on the top to reporters before its implementation and said this: “It’s important that people know we’re not going to deal with the 50/50 calls or the 70/30 calls. And we’re not asking the VAR to ask himself or herself the question: Was the decision right? They’re going to ask the question: Was the decision clearly wrong?"

That standard appeared to be the rule when VAR was introduced at the FIFA World Cup last summer in Russia. The use of replay was so seamless, so streamlined, it was a lesson to American officials who’ve been using the technology far longer on the standard that should be applied and how to concisely and accurately apply it.

But VAR has not been used in the same fashion at the Women’s World Cup. Its misapplication cost Scotland a shot at advancing to the knockout stages of the tournament. It may yet do the same with Nigeria.

It’s definitely been a stain on the Women’s World Cup.

The athletes and their fans deserve better.

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