At a time when many sports leagues are trying to shorten the length of their games, FIFA is extending its World Cup match time to a record high.
An unprecedented amount of stoppage time was added in Qatar, especially when England and Iran played in the longest World Cup group stage match in the tournament’s history with a combined time of 117 minutes. This was helped by having 14 minutes of extra time in the first half, followed by 13 minutes in the second half of England’s 6–2 victory, each of which was the most stoppage time in World Cup history. according to Opta Joe website statistics. Nearly 14 minutes were added to the second half of Saudi Arabia’s stunning match against Argentina.
But what is stoppage time, how does it work and why is so much time being added to this world championship? Here’s what you need to know:
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What is stop time?
A football match lasts 90 minutes and consists of two halves of 45 minutes. But what makes it different from sports like basketball and American football is that the clock counts up, not down, and never stops. So if the ball goes out of bounds or players line up for penalties, the clock continues to run.
This is where stoppage time, also known as stoppage time or stoppage time, comes into play. Once each half reaches the 45-minute mark, injury time is added. As a rule, at least one minute is added to each half.
Stoppage time is also added to the extra time periods in the World Cup Playoffs.
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How is the stop time determined?
The amount of added time is taken into account by many factors, and all of them are decided by the main referee on the field.
Reasons for stopping time include, but are not limited to:
Players line up for an out-of-bounds throw and free kick, corner kick, goal kick or penalty kick
Judges issuing yellow or red cards
Assistant referee stop video
Other delays such as water breaks due to high temperatures
When a game is delayed, the head referee keeps track of how long it lasts. Then, as the half approaches the set 45 minutes, the head referee reports the total lost time to the side official, who displays the added minutes on a digital scoreboard for players and coaches to see.
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Why is there so much stoppage time during the 2022 World Cup?
Before any matches were played, FIFA stressed to its referees that they wanted more activity to take place on the pitch.
“The aim is to offer more spectacle to those who watch the World Cup,” FIFA referees committee chairman Pierluigi Collina said ahead of the tournament, according to the Associated Press.
Collina added that the referees were instructed to keep track of all delays in the game in order to maximize the efficiency of the game. This comes after Soccer Metrics Research found that the average effective playing time in the 2018 World Cup was between 52 and 58 minutes, well below the range of 60 to 67 minutes in the 2014 World Cup.
The judges also take into account any delays that occur during stoppage time, additionally adding the extra time indicated by the judges.
As a result, according to Opta Joe, this year has seen five of the longest added half-times in World Championship history.
Contribute: Associated Press
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This article originally appeared in USA TODAY: World Cup Added Time: This is why time is added at the end of games.