Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

On Sunday, Video Assistant Referee (VAR) called back its first National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) goal.

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The NWSL became the first women’s domestic soccer league to use video assistant refereeing technology in 2023.

VAR is one of the biggest investments in NWSL history, designed to avoid obvious officiating errors that could sway the result of the game.

In the first half of Angel City FC’s (ACFC) season opener, a VAR check determined Jun Endo’s long-range chip of a goal included a foul in the build-up.

Gotham went on to win the match 2-1, with the equalizer coming from a VAR-suggested penalty kick.

“I’m interested to see how, if a decision is clear and obvious, why it takes so long to be making a decision and looking at replay after replay after replay on the halfway line,” said ACFC head coach Freya Coombe.


Despite scoring in her NWSL debut on Sunday, No. 1 NWSL draft pick Alyssa Thompson has yet to make a United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) roster in 2023.

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Vlatko Andonovski said on Tuesday that the 18-year-old could still play her way onto the World Cup roster based on how she performs in the NWSL.

“If there is a person that believes in Alyssa Thompson, or a coach that believes in Alyssa Thompson, it’d probably be me,” Andonovski told reporters.

Thompson got her first cap with the national team in October 2022.

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