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

Jonas Eidevall agrees with Emma Hayes that abandoning WSL matches attributable to frozen pitches is “dangerous for the league”, however the Arsenal head coach doesn’t assume undersoil heating must be the precedence proper now.

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

Sunday’s fixture between Chelsea and Liverpool was deserted after simply six minutes because of the circumstances posing a danger 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 expertise – reminiscent of undersoil heating – as the lads’s recreation to keep away from additional postponements, however Eidevall stated there are various factors to contemplate.

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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 in opposition to Aston Villa on Thursday.

“I feel it’s important to have a look at it from all funding angles. You must prioritize and there are such a lot of issues we want to put money into within the ladies’s recreation for the time being.

“While you see the fee for undersoil heating and evaluate it to the price of having a correct academy system with a view to develop extra British gamers, it’s not simple to see the way you prioritize that cash.

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

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

“We have to make good selections long-term about the place the cash must be going for ladies’s soccer and I’m very uncertain that it must be undersoil heating for the time being.”

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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’t 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} “ultimate determination” surrounding their match at house to Villa might be made at noon on Thursday afternoon, over seven hours earlier than the scheduled kick-off time at Boreham Wooden, to offer supporters sufficient discover.

The north London membership additionally regarded into the potential of shifting 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 attributable to “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’ll be able to have that requirement on all golf equipment.

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

“Possibly we’ve got 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 will do tomorrow.

“It might be carried out 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 important to fulfill this requirement.’

“I feel that will be smart. All of the leagues world wide have stadium necessities it is for the league to settle that.”

‘Persons are profiting from postponement guidelines’

Nevertheless, Eidevall suggests the WSL wants a lot clearer guidelines concerning postponements.

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

“There is no such thing as a 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 crew has a say on when it’s performed?

“Persons are profiting from it and other people took benefit of it final yr and I used to be offended about that. The principles have to be clear. If a recreation is postponed on a Sunday, are you able to not play on a Monday?

“Possibly there’s a purpose for that however why ought to it’s performed three months later? It must 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 attributable to play Aston Villa at Meadow Park in Boreham Wooden on Thursday night time

Christiansen: We’d like motion after final weekend

Everton midfielder Izzy Christiansen has referred to as for motion to deal with the quantity of Ladies’s Tremendous League video games misplaced to dangerous 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 answer is required to keep away from a repeat of the “surprising” state of affairs at Kingsmeadow and never harm 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, probably 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 informed Sky Sports activities.

“With out sounding like a damaged file, the climate presently of yr in England is chilly, so there must be selections made for golf equipment from the FA that allows video games to proceed, as a result of once more we talk about scheduling within the ladies’s calendar, and backlog of video games in the direction of the tip of the season – and that comes again to a participant welfare challenge once more.

“Speaking about participant’s welfare, with regards 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 lots of 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 – keep in mind that the best temperature of the day is normally round noon. Get a forecast if vital of the projected temperature for the time when the match is because of conclude

– The manpower obtainable to the house membership to hold out any vital work to make the bottom playable

– The time the visiting membership are attributable to start their journey

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

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

“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 state of affairs for us as gamers and for the authorities as effectively that that is occurred and the highlight that’s on the ladies’s recreation and brighter than ever for the time being.

“You may’t change it in a single day, it must be a long-term answer. This may’t occur once more subsequent season. For now, what I feel has to occur, is best decision-making, extra knowledgeable selections, that defend 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 acquired referred to as off prior to that and the Tottenham-Leicester recreation was referred to as off with about 24 hours’ discover. I feel that is what nonetheless occurs in males’s lower-league soccer, so I feel we’ve got to be practical right here , there simply aren’t sufficient stadiums which have undersoil heating and better specs that permit 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 ladies’s soccer.”

A Ladies’s Tremendous League spokesperson stated: “We labored laborious with the golf equipment and the match officers to soundly 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 with a view to defend the protection of the gamers, which is paramount. We sincerely apologise to all followers who traveled to the match. The fixture might be rescheduled in due race.”

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