My complaint or gripe is that they are picking up some relatively minor things, like the penalty in the Portugal game in the Nations League that took many, many views to work out whether there was any contact, but totally ignoring other things such as a player nearly removing an opponent's head from her shoulders with a head high boot. The lack of a red card on the latter was much more of a clear and obvious error than the lack of a penalty on the former, and no one seems to know when VAR will get involved.Hi
For many years there has been umpteen situations of complaint about decisions being missed and changing games. Lampard's no goal v Germany, Thierry Henry handball. Mendes no goal at Old Trfford are just a few.
So the game succumbed to pressure to introduce technology like most if not all other sports. VAR is in its infancy and I have no doubt it will be changed in the years ahead.
On this movement by the GK here there is no AR in the regular penalty position. She is stood at the corner flag so one would assume that the kick decisions are being monitored by technology? The fact is that the GK clearly moved off the line in a blatant way. Maybe without technology it might have been ignored as it has been for a long time.
Interestingly there has been little if any complaints about the decisions themselves, just about how they got to the decision. Maybe a few handball calls are questionable yet that is debatable anyway with or without VAR.
In this instance I think that an AR should be in the normal position flagging for encroachment. I flagged one recently and it was retaken immediately not without complaint I might add. The GK was fuming saying he was on the line yet he was three yards off it! GKs will soon get the message that encroachment on a save will get pulled with VAR.
In this instance an AR in the normal position would have picked it up immediately and flagged knowing that technology can back up the decision. Even to show that she got it wrong not to flag! That's a learning point for FIFA in the management of penalties.
There are plenty of other learning points such as management of pulling and pushing at free kicks and corners. Penalty awarded in the Thailand game for pulling down an opponent that probably would have been ignored in the past. Refs have to stop these endless instructions to players with VAR present. A few VAR awarded penalties and it will start to come to an end.