Everton midfielder Izzy Christiansen has known as for motion to handle the quantity of Women’s Super League video games misplaced to dangerous climate after “a darkish weekend” for the ladies’s recreation.
Chelsea’s league contest with Liverpool was deserted by match officers after six minutes on account of a frozen pitch on Sunday, whereas two different fixtures – Brighton vs Arsenal and Tottenham vs Leicester – fell foul to the freezing circumstances.
Christiansen mentioned a long-term resolution is required to keep away from a repeat of the “stunning” scenario at Kingsmeadow and never harm the momentum and integrity of the sport that has been rising exponentially following the Lionesses’ Euros success final summer season.
“Action must be taken, presumably an investigation into what’s really occurred and why and the way the FA and golf equipment transfer ahead to verify this does not occur once more sooner or later,” Christiansen instructed Sky Sports.
“Without sounding like a damaged document, the climate presently of yr in England is chilly, so there must be choices made for golf equipment from the FA that permits video games to proceed, as a result of once more we discuss scheduling within the girls’s calendar, and backlog of video games in direction of the tip of the season – and that comes again to a participant welfare challenge once more.”
Match officers had deemed the pitch at Kingsmeadow to be playable following a pitch inspection at 9.30am on Sunday morning, but six minutes after the competition kicked off, referee Neil Hair known as off the sport on account of an unsafe pitch.
Footage of Chelsea and Liverpool gamers sliding on the floor had been broadly shared on social media, whereas a lot of high-profile gamers, together with Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema and Chelsea’s Erin Cuthbert, expressed their dismay on the scenario.
The FA’s Pitch Inspection Guidance
When coping with such parts as frost or ice – do not forget that the very best temperature of
the day is normally round noon. Get a forecast if essential of the projected temperature
for the time when the match is because of conclude
– The manpower out there to the house membership to hold out any essential work to make the bottom playable
– The time the visiting membership are on account of start their journey
– Liaise with managers to gauge the ideas of each golf equipment
Remember the choice as as to whether the match is performed, is the referees.
For Christiansen, she feels girls’s footballers have turn into accustomed to a decrease normal of care and welfare.
“Talking about participant’s welfare, in the case of girls’s soccer, we’re used to coping with much more points than males’s soccer and the battles in our careers,” she mentioned.
“Whether a recreation is on or not is nothing new to loads of gamers due to the climate or one other circumstance, I really feel prefer it’s one thing that as girls gamers we’re used too, the uncertainty round video games.
“We’re speaking about an actual darkish weekend within the WSL the place an absence of readability, an absence of decision-making has represented the place the sport is for the time being and it is a actually worrying scenario for us as gamers and for the authorities as nicely that that is occurred and the highlight that’s on the ladies’s recreation and brighter than ever for the time being.”
Reading’s WSL conflict was the one fixture to not be disrupted by the climate with their match towards Manchester United going down on the Select Car Leasing Stadium, a 24,000-capacity floor they’ve been sharing with the lads’s group since 2021.
Christiansen’s Everton, in the meantime, noticed their kick-off towards West Ham pushed again by an hour to permit for his or her pitch at Walton Hall Park to thaw.
While Christiansen recognises there isn’t a fast repair to video games misplaced to dangerous climate, she needs extra knowledgeable choices to happen to make sure there’s not a repeat of this weekend’s scenario, whereas echoing Chelsea supervisor Emma Hayes’ name for undersoil listening to.
“You cannot change it in a single day, it must be a long-term resolution. This cannot occur once more subsequent season. For now, what I feel has to occur, is best decision-making, extra knowledgeable choices, that defend not simply the gamers however the recreation and its integrity, as a result of a recreation that will get known as off six minutes after it has began, actually, actually takes the sport backwards for my part.
“The Arsenal-Brighton recreation bought known as off prior to that and the Tottenham-Leicester recreation was known as off with about 24 hours’ discover. I feel that is what nonetheless occurs in males’s lower-league soccer, so I feel now we have to be real looking right here, there simply aren’t sufficient stadiums which have undersoil heating and better specs that enable video games to proceed it doesn’t matter what the climate is.
“We perceive the ladies’s recreation is not there but. But a recreation kicking off after which being deserted after six minutes is a darkish day for girls’s soccer.”
A Women’s Super League spokesperson mentioned: “We labored onerous with the golf equipment and the match officers to securely play the Barclay’s Women’s Super League fixture between Chelsea and Liverpool as scheduled. Following inspections earlier than the match, the pitch was deemed to be playable by the matchday referee.
“However, shortly after kick-off, the referee made the choice to desert the match as a way to defend the security of the gamers, which is paramount. We sincerely apologise to all followers who travelled to the match. The fixture shall be rescheduled in the end.”
Some Liverpool followers left on the daybreak to journey to London solely to return dwelling after a irritating day.
Christiansen feels that followers deserve higher – particularly at a time when the sport is rising and increasing its fanbase. “You have a look at the Euros and the affect that had on attendances, curiosity within the recreation, and fanbases rising throughout the league, these are all large positives,” she mentioned.
“Then we have a look at it, and go, video games are being postponed very near kick-off. It’s not the primary time it is occurred this weekend, this season, it is folks’s lives as nicely and never simply the gamers’ welfare however the followers who spend their hard-earned money on WSL tickets, journey, parking, meals, all of it provides up and we’re not in a great financial scenario within the nation for the time being, we’re speaking about folks’s lives being affected due to poor determination making.
“We hope that is the bottom it’s going to go by way of poor choices being made for the video games and the welfare of gamers.”