Players at the Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand will be able to select from eight alternative options rather than wearing the rainbow armband in support of LGBTQ+ rights or the OneLove armband, according to Fifa.
The rules that forbade teams from donning the OneLove armband during the 2018 FIFA Men’s World Cup in Qatar will remain in place . However, Fifa will invite teams to choose from eight sanctioned armbands. It will highlight a variety of social causes.
In Qatar, England, Wales, and five other European nations made the decision not to wear rainbow OneLove armbands.
They claimed that Fifa had communicated explicitly . They said that wearing the armbands could lead to their captains receiving cautions or being ejected from the pitch.
After consulting with the 32 participating teams, players, and United Nations agencies, the themes for the armbands of the Women’s World Cup were chosen.The messages on the armbands are: Unite for Inclusion, Unite for Indigenous Peoples, Unite for Gender Equality, Unite for Peace, Unite for Education for All, Unite for Zero, Unite for Ending Violence Against Women and Football is Joy, Peace, Love, Hope and Passion.
The logo on the Unite for Inclusion armband features the same colours as those used in the OneLove armband. This is with red, back and green (the Pan-African flag) representing race and heritage and pink, yellow and blue (the pansexual flag) representing all gender identities and sexual orientations.