Jonas Eidevall: Arsenal boss questions whether or not undersoil heating needs to be the precedence in Ladies’s Tremendous League | Soccer Information


Jonas Eidevall agrees with Emma Hayes that abandoning WSL matches as a consequence of frozen pitches is “unhealthy for the league”, however the Arsenal head coach doesn’t assume undersoil heating needs to be the precedence proper now.

Final weekend’s WSL motion was marred by late postponements and an deserted recreation as a result of freezing climate – with the saga being branded as a “darkish weekend” for girls’s soccer.

Sunday’s fixture between Chelsea and Liverpool was deserted after simply six minutes as a result of circumstances posing a threat to participant security, leaving managers Hayes and Matt Beard livid that the sport went forward within the first place.

Hayes went on to say the WSL ought to have entry to the identical know-how – comparable to undersoil heating – as the lads’s recreation to keep away from additional postponements, however Eidevall stated there are various factors to think about.

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Highlights of the Ladies’s Tremendous League match between Arsenal and Chelsea

“I do not assume that’s fairly as simple as having undersoil heating,” Eidevall stated forward of Arsenal’s Continental Cup quarter-final towards Aston Villa on Thursday.

“I believe it’s a must to have a look at it from all funding angles. You’ll want to prioritise and there are such a lot of issues we wish to spend money on within the ladies’s recreation in the intervening time.

“Whenever you see the price for undersoil heating and evaluate it to the price of having a correct academy system as a way to develop extra British gamers, it’s not simple to see the way you prioritise that cash.

“In life usually, the straightforward factor is to attempt to repair the subject of the day. I utterly agree with Emma. What occurred on the Chelsea recreation, to play these minutes was actually unhealthy for the league.

“However once we zoom out, we have to see the place the funding priorities are and we will not make an emotional resolution as a result of this was an issue yesterday that each one the cash goes into that. That will not be good for girls’s soccer.

“We have to make good choices long-term about the place the cash needs to be going for girls’s soccer and I’m very uncertain that it needs to be undersoil heating in the intervening time.”

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Chelsea and Liverpool’s WSL match was deserted after simply six minutes following an evaluation to say the pitch was unplayable and Sue Smith says it can not occur once more

‘Lengthy-term plan is to play at Emirates’

Arsenal’s journey to Brighton, which was set to be broadcast dwell on Sky Sports activities, was additionally postponed at 4.11pm on Sunday, two hours and 34 minutes previous to the scheduled 6.45pm kick-off time at Broadfield Stadium. Tottenham’s match with Leicester was one other recreation that fell foul of the freezing circumstances.

With the chilly climate persevering with this week, Arsenal have introduced {that a} “last resolution” surrounding their match at residence to Villa will likely be made at noon on Thursday afternoon, over seven hours earlier than the scheduled kick-off time at Boreham Wooden, to provide supporters sufficient discover.

The north London membership additionally regarded into the opportunity of transferring the fixture to the Emirates Stadium – the 60,000-seater venue the place each the women and men’s groups have performed this season – however that state of affairs was not potential as a consequence of “important pitch upkeep”.

Arsenal Women are due to play Aston Villa at Meadow Park on Thursday night
Arsenal will maintain a pitch inspection over seven hours earlier than kick-off

“Our long-term plan is to attempt to be on the Emirates completely, that is our long-term plan,” Eidevall stated. “However I do not assume the league is at a stage the place you may have that requirement on all golf equipment.

“Some golf equipment have that risk however what about newly promoted groups from the Championship? How rapidly are you able to meet these stadium necessities? Perhaps that’s one thing we glance into long-term.

“Perhaps we now have to look into what sort of stadium necessities there are to play within the league. However there are groups within the WSL and the Championship who would want time to meet that in order that’s not one thing we are able to do tomorrow.

“It could possibly be completed in, say, 5 years. The league might say ‘that is the requirement, it will be efficient from this date and now everybody has a set period of time to satisfy it. If you wish to play within the league it’s a must to fulfill this requirement.’

“I believe that may be smart. All of the leagues all over the world have stadium necessities it is for the league to settle that.”

‘Individuals are making the most of postponement guidelines’

Nevertheless, Eidevall prompt the WSL wants a lot clearer guidelines relating to postponements.

“The league is admittedly weak on this, on condition that this can be a league that has plenty of postponed matches yearly for various causes,” he stated.

“There isn’t any clear regulation on what occurs with postponed video games – when are we taking part in them? Are they performed on one facet of the switch window? Which workforce has a say on when it’s performed?

“Individuals are making the most of it and folks took benefit of it final 12 months and I used to be indignant about that. The principles should be clear. If a recreation is postponed on a Sunday, are you able to not play on a Monday?

“Perhaps there’s a purpose for that however why ought to it’s performed three months later? It needs to be clear with a correct course of.”

Arsenal's Stina Blackstenius in action during the Barclays Women's Super League match at LV Bet Stadium Meadow Park
Arsenal are as a consequence of play Aston Villa at Meadow Park in Boreham Wooden on Thursday night time

Christiansen: We want motion after final weekend

Everton midfielder Izzy Christiansen has referred to as for motion to handle the quantity of Ladies’s Tremendous League video games misplaced to unhealthy climate after “a darkish weekend” for the ladies’s recreation.

Chelsea and Liverpool’s match Kingsmeadow handed a pitch inspection two hours earlier than the 12.30pm kick-off, however after Blues midfielder Erin Cuthbert took a heavy fall within the fifth minute, referee Neil Hair deemed the pitch unplayable and referred to as off the fixture.

Christiansen stated a long-term resolution is required to keep away from a repeat of the “surprising” state of affairs at Kingsmeadow and never injury the momentum and integrity of the sport that has been rising exponentially following the Lionesses’ Euros success final summer time.

Groundstaff at Kingsmeadow try to remove ice from the pitch before the WSL fixture between Chelsea and Liverpool
Groundstaff at Kingsmeadow attempt to take away ice from the pitch earlier than the WSL fixture between Chelsea and Liverpool

“Motion must be taken, presumably an investigation into what’s really occurred and why and the way the FA and golf equipment transfer ahead to ensure this does not occur once more sooner or later,” Christiansen instructed Sky Sports activities.

“With out sounding like a damaged report, the climate presently of 12 months 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 ladies’s calendar, and backlog of video games in direction of the tip of the season – and that comes again to a participant welfare problem once more.

“Speaking about participant’s welfare, in relation to ladies’s soccer, we’re used to coping with much more points than males’s soccer and the battles in our careers.

“Whether or not a recreation is on or not is nothing new to numerous gamers due to the climate or one other circumstance, I really feel prefer it’s one thing that as ladies gamers we’re used to, the uncertainty round video games.

The FA’s Pitch Inspection Steering

When coping with such components as frost or ice – do not forget that the best temperature of
the day is often round noon. Get a forecast if essential of the projected temperature
for the time when the match is because of conclude

– The manpower accessible to the house membership to hold out any essential work to make the bottom playable

– The time the visiting membership are as a consequence of begin their journey

– Liaise with managers to gauge the ideas of each golf equipment

Bear in mind the choice as as to whether the match is performed, is the referee’s.

“We’re speaking about an actual darkish weekend within the WSL the place a scarcity of readability, a scarcity of decision-making has represented the place the sport is in the intervening time and it is a actually worrying state of affairs for us as gamers and for the authorities as properly that that is occurred and the highlight that’s on the ladies’s recreation and brighter than ever in the intervening time.

“You possibly can’t change it in a single day, it must be a long-term resolution. This could’t occur once more subsequent season. For now, what I believe has to occur, is best decision-making, extra knowledgeable choices, that shield not simply the gamers however the recreation and its integrity, as a result of a recreation that will get referred to as off six minutes after it has began, actually, actually takes the sport backwards for my part.

“The Arsenal-Brighton recreation received referred to as off ahead of that and the Tottenham-Leicester recreation was referred to as off with about 24 hours’ discover. I believe that is what nonetheless occurs in males’s lower-league soccer, so I believe we now have to be sensible 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. However a recreation kicking off after which being deserted after six minutes is a darkish day for girls’s soccer.”

A Ladies’s Tremendous League spokesperson stated: “We labored laborious with the golf equipment and the match officers to securely play the Barclay’s Ladies’s Tremendous 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.

“Nevertheless, shortly after kick-off, the referee made the choice to desert the match as a way to shield the protection of the gamers, which is paramount. We sincerely apologise to all followers who travelled to the match. The fixture will likely be rescheduled in the end.”


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