Hectic days for US team at Women’s World Cup

The team of referees from the United States at the Women’s World Cup in Germany had some pretty busy days before Wednesday’s match between England and Japan. “Monday has been very hectic”, writes assistant referee Veronica Perez on the US officials’ blog.

“Sunday, immediately after we completed our match we heard the news about the appointments for the 3rd round of matches. Kari and Marlene will be joining Carol Ann (Canada) and Ivonne (El Salvador) to work the match on Wednesday between England and Japan, in Augsburg. Kari will be working as a 4th official.”

On Monday they traveled back from Wolfsburg to the referee headquarters in Frankfurt for a debriefing and recovery training session. But that’s not all: later that night the officials for wednesday’s match got on the train to Augsburg, where the match will be played. The lenght of their trip that day: about 725 kilometres.

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Perez also explains why she’s not been appointed for the match: “Some of you may be wondering why this assignment is not being officiated as a trio. In fact, in women’s refereeing we do not have a true trio system. As the tournament progresses, we may be asked to work with other officials.”

Read more blogs from the US team on usarefswwc2011.blogspot.com.

Curious hand ball situation in Women’s World Cup

It took at least three seconds. A player from Equatorial Guinea caught the ball in her hand after it bounced from the bar. Australian opponents during the Women’s World Cup matches protested, but the game went on.

Referee Gyoengyi Gaal from Hungary completely  missed the incident and let the game continue. “What a curious situation”, was the reaction of the German football commentator. Watch it yourself below:

Fifa is blocking all video material about the match (not because of handball, but media rights). So if the link below doesn’t work, check the summary on Fifa’s website (embedding is impossible, as far as I know).