Arsenal Watch: Beth Mead

Arsenal’s 24-year-old forward Beth Mead made her second successive appearance for England today as the Lionesses faced Argentina in their second fixture of the Women’s World Cup. It was a good game all around for England as they won the game 1-0 and qualified for the knockout stages for the fifth time.

Overall, I thought Beth Mead had a great performance for the Lioness and should’ve been in contention for the Player of the Match. Her output was pretty good overall, particularly from set-pieces, and she was crucial in producing the assist for Jodie Taylor’s goal.

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Is the implementation of VAR at the women’s World Cup a step in the right direction?

Football is changing. From an increase in support across the globe, to technological advancements being made; the beautiful game as we know it is on a steady path to a bright new future. While we are not quite at the stage of robotic referees, lasers for linesman or mobile drones, the overall state of football has experienced drastic, yet crucial, changes in the last few years.

The next stop on this path is to try to make women’s football a fairer game. Thanks to the success of goal line and video assistant referee (VAR) technology in men’s football, FIFA has confirmed that VAR technology will be implemented at the women’s World Cup, in France, this summer.

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