VAR to be used in play-offs for FIFA Women’s World Cup

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Video assistant refereeing (VAR) will be used in the upcoming European play-offs for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

VAR was used at all 31 matches of UEFA Women’s EURO 2022, the UEFA Women’s Champions League knock-out rounds and final last season, as well as the finals in 2021 and 2020.

The play-off matches start with round 1 on 6 October, involving six teams; three more sides await the winners in round 2 on 11 October.

The two highest-ranked play-off winners advance to the finals. The remaining play-off winner will compete in February’s inter-confederation play-offs.


Round 1 (6 October)

Portugal vs Belgium (18:00 CET)

Wales vs Bosnia and Herzegovina (19:15 UK time)

Scotland vs Austria (19:35 UK time)

Round 2 (11 October)

Portugal / Belgium vs Iceland (KO TBC)

Scotland / Austria vs Republic of Ireland (KO TBC)

Switzerland vs Wales / Bosnia and Herzegovina (18:00 UK time)

All play-offs level after 90 minutes will go to extra time, and if necessary a penalty shoot-out.

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