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Friday 19 July 2019

VAR used 10 times a game

VAR was used to check an average of 10.28 incidents per game during the Women's World Cup. Stock photo
VAR was used to check an average of 10.28 incidents per game during the Women's World Cup. Stock photo

VAR was used to check an average of 10.28 incidents per game during the Women's World Cup.

The technology was used in relation to 535 incidents in 52 matches according to a refereeing review published by FIFA.

There was one VAR review every 1.58 matches and 29 decisions were changed, while four were confirmed.

Thirteen more decisions were reviewed and 80 more incidents checked than at the men's World Cup in Russia last year, despite there being 12 fewer games.

Four goals were disallowed, including Ellen White's apparent equaliser in England's 2-1 semi-final defeat to the USA, which was ruled out after the striker was found to have strayed fractionally offside on review.

There were also 13 penalties awarded following reviews, with Steph Houghton missing a late spot kick against the USA after it was given via VAR.

Four penalties were also cancelled by VAR during the tournament.

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