The 2022 TotalEnergies Women's Africa Cup of Nations has already made history, and for the first time, all 28 of the tournament's matches will feature the use of a video assistant referee (VAR).
"This is a brave move that is going in the right way. to improve the game, we must integrate the most recent trends and technologies in women's football in developing Africa. The growth of our match officials, who are among the best in Africa, is crucial to our success. Salima Mukasanga of Rwanda, Carine Atemzabong of Cameroon, Fatiha Jermoumi, and Bouchra Karboubi of Morocco were four female match referees who were listed as officials during the 2021 AFCON in Cameroon and performed brilliantly. We hope to advance and raise the bar of CAF women's football by implementing VAR in every game at WAFCON," says Eddy Mailet, director of referees for CAF.
When he assumed office as CAF President last year, Dr. Patrice Motsepe made the full implementation of VAR at significant CAF events a top priority. Since then,
- VAR was used in every one of the 52 games at the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
- The CAF Confederation Cup and TotalEnergies CAF Champions League knockout rounds of 2021–2022 both utilized video assistant referees (VAR).
- In the closing stages of the TotalEnergies Women's Champions League, VAR was utilized for the first time.
- In the 2020 and 2021 TotalEnergies Super Cup finals, VAR was utilized.
- Both at home and away during the final round of the African qualifications for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, VAR was utilized.
On Saturday, July 2, 2022, at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Sports Complex in Rabat, the WAFCON gets underway as hosts Morocco take otakesrkina Faso.
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