Football Technology at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™
The final preparations are underway on the football technology supporting referees and teams throughout the tournament in France.
As the technology used at last year’s FIFA World Cup™ in Russia proved a big success, FIFA will provide the same decision-making support to the referees and participating teams during the 52 matches in France, thus helping to improve their performance on the pitch.
Goal-line technology (GLT)
This technology was first used at a FIFA Women’s World Cup™ at the last edition in Canada and it supported the referees in eight goal-line incidents. The referees in France will continue to rely on this tool during the tournament: all competition stadiums will be equipped with goal-line technology that processes information from 14 high-speed cameras and sends a signal within one second to the referee’s watch if the ball has crossed the goal line.
Video assistant referee (VAR) technology
The FIFA Women’s World Cup in France will be the first edition of the tournament to offer video technology as an additional tool for referees. It will, however, only be used to correct clear and obvious errors and missed incidents in specific match-changing decisions. The referees can decide to rely on the verbal information from the video assistant referee or to review the video footage of the incident in question themselves on the side of the field of play on a monitor before making their decision. This new technology, based on broadcast and audio equipment, has been customised in recent years to the specific needs of football in order to meet the overriding philosophy of VAR technology – “minimum interference, maximum benefit” – in the best possible way.
Electronic performance and tracking systems (EPTS)
The third major type of football technology that FIFA is making available for each of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 matches comprises a set of tools and communication equipment for the participating teams, whose technical and medical staff will have dedicated workstations in the media tribune and a dedicated line with which to communicate with the coaching and medical staff on the bench. Positional data from optical tracking cameras located in the main stand that track the players and ball will be available to analysts alongside live footage from selected cameras. The insights from the technical information and communication link enable constant real-time interaction that can feed into the teams’ decisions during the match.