Friday, February 3, 2023

FIFA satisfied with extended World Cup time

DOHA ( Associated Press) — FIFA’s chief refereeing said Wednesday that World Cup matches have been extended active playing time to 59 minutes by adding more time at the end to compensate for interruptions.

Pierluigi Collina indicated that FIFA was “really pleased with the result” that duels regularly increased the total from the regulation 90 minutes to over 100.

The Italian official said that the ball is now active between 55 and 67 minutes.

Active playing time at the 2018 World Cup was up to 52 minutes per game when video refereeing was introduced, and some reviews took over two minutes.

“People are here to watch the game and be entertained,” Colina said in an interview recorded and distributed by FIFA. “It’s like going to a concert—you’re happy and you ask the singer for an encore.”

FIFA’s directive to referees was a surprising trend in the Qatar tournament, with time keeping being incorporated into goal celebrations.

“It takes a long time to celebrate a goal and the opponents have less chance to play,” said Colina, who officiated at the 1998 and 2002 World Cups.

FIFA also requires that referees add at least one minute for injury delays and 30 seconds for each substitution break.

The average added time exceeded 10 minutes after half of the 64 games played until Monday, which is also the first World Cup in which five substitutions are allowed.

Colina admitted that the average was affected, as England beat Iran 6–2 in their second match of the tournament. More than 27 minutes were added due to injuries, including an injury to Iran’s goalkeeper, a video review that led to a penalty, and eight goals.

He indicated that at Russia 2018, the average added time was 6½ minutes, which could have increased by another minute if they had allowed five substitutions.

“It’s not as big a change as it was supposed to be after the Iran-England match, which was very early in the competition,” said Colina. He is going.” “.

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