The Definitive Angle is PRO’s analysis of the week’s Video Review use in NWSL.
Week 25 overview
There were two Video Reviews during Week 25.
CHI vs RGN: Review for goal (offside) – not given
What happened: A goal was scored by Jess Fishlock (RGN) but disallowed by the on-field officials for offside after a delayed flag and whistle.
The VAR determined that Fishlock was in an onside position when Alana Cook (RGN) played the ball to her. An on-field review was recommended, and after Video Review, a goal was awarded to OL Reign.
On-field decision: Offside.
Type of review: Goal.
Final decision after review: Goal.
Length of review: 3:10.
PRO’s opinion: This was a good example of a delayed flag and whistle and a good use of the Video Review system to reach the correct outcome.
WAS vs NC: Review for red card (serious foul play) – not given
What happened: Trinity Rodman (WAS) challenged Denise O’Sullivan (NC) for the ball, and O’Sullivan went to ground. The referee issued a yellow card to Rodman for a reckless challenge.
The VAR determined that Rodman endangered the safety of her opponent, by making high contact with her studs on the back of the leg and the Achilles of O’Sullivan. An on-field review was recommended, and after Video Review, the referee issued a red card for serious foul play.
On-field decision: Yellow card (reckless challenge).
Type of review: Red card (serious foul play).
Final decision after review: Red card.
Length of review: 2:17.
PRO’s opinion: The contact above O’Sullivan’s ankle endangered her safety and this was serious foul play. This was a good use of the Video Review system to rectify a clear and obvious error.